I have looked up examples for the use of incidence. While many give examples relating to rate/frequency, none gave me examples realtimg to occurance.

For example, i was told that using 'the last incidence of violence occured in february 'was wrong. Incident would have been a better use there.

incidence ˈɪnsɪd(ə)ns/Submit noun 1. the occurrence, rate, or frequency of a disease, crime, or other undesirable thing. "an increased incidence of cancer" synonyms: occurrence, prevalence, commonness; More

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    There’s no such word as occurance. – tchrist Feb 20 '18 at 4:58
  • Kians, it's not untrue that "incidence" can be synonymous with "inceident" and to you, what's the difference? It's great that you looked up examples and a greater shame that you didn't cite a result. – Robbie Goodwin Mar 2 '18 at 22:16

You could use the word instance one definition of which is

A particular example or occurrence of something

Whereas incidence is more usually defined in this context as

The rate at which something happens

However the Cambridge online dictionary gives the definition of incidence as

An event or the rate at which something happens

With the following as an example

There have been quite a few incidences of bullying in the school this year

Which is the sense in which you were using it. I don't know who told you it was wrong but the Cambridge dictionary disagrees with them.

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