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From Latin supervenīre, present active infinitive of superveniō (come over or upon, overtake), from super (above) + veniō (come).


supervene (third-person singular simple present supervenes, present participle supervening, simple past and past participle supervened)

  1. (intransitive) To follow (something) closely, either as a consequence or in contrast.
    • 1836, Michael Ryan, A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence
      The taste and digestion are often depraved, anorexia, nausea, inappetence and vomiting supervene, the woman desires innutritious or disgusting food, such as chalk, cinders, putrescent animal food, []
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      After such leave-takings, especially where something like a revelation takes place, there sometimes supervenes, I'm told, a sort of excitement before the chill and ache of separation sets in.
  2. To supersede.
  3. To be dependent on an earlier event.
  4. (philosophy) To be dependent on something else for existence, truth, or instantiation.

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