From Middle English instant ("infinitely short period of time"), from Old French instant ("assiduous, at hand"), from Latin instans ("present, pressing, urgent"), from in + stāre. Compare Old English instede ("immediately, on the spot, at once"). More at in, stand.
From French instant and Middle English instant, both from Old French, from Latin instans ("standing by, being near, present, also urgent, importunate"), present participle of instō, from in + stō; see state.
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