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supervene

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

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

su·per·venedsu·per·ven·ing

Full Definition of SUPERVENE

:  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unlooked-for development
su·per·ven·tion \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun
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Examples of SUPERVENE

  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

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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

intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\
su·per·venedsu·per·ven·ing

Medical Definition of SUPERVENE

:  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>

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