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supervene

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intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Simple Definition of supervene

  • : to happen unexpectedly in a way that interrupts, stops, or greatly changes an existing situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of supervene

supervenedsupervening

  1. :  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unlooked-for development

supervention play \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun

Examples of supervene in a sentence

  1. They had a quiet, happy life until the war supervened.

  2. <it was not the slow-spreading cancer that caused his death but a supervening heart attack>



Origin of supervene

Latin supervenire, from super- + venire to come — more at come


First Known Use: circa 1648

Synonym Discussion of supervene

follow, succeed, ensue, supervene mean to come after something or someone. follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence <speeches followed the dinner>. succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank <she succeeded her father as head of the business>. ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development <after the talk a general discussion ensued>. supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable <unable to continue because of supervening circumstances>.

Medical Dictionary

supervene

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intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Medical Definition of supervene

supervened; supervening

  1. :  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unlooked-for development (as in the course of a disease) <the majority of patients die once this complication supervenesScientific American Medicine>




Law Dictionary

supervene

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intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Legal Definition of supervene

supervenedsupervening

  1. :  to take place after or later in the course of something else as an additional and usu. unforeseeable development with intervening or countering effect




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