supervene

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1833, R. J. Bertin, Charles W. Chauncy, transl., Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 165:
      The disease was regarded as pneumonia so far advanced that suppuration seemed to have supervened; bleeding, blisters, expectorants, and cathartics diminished the symptoms; the pulse continued frequent, hard, full, but always regular.
    • 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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