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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. 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, []
  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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