Definition of supersede
1a : to cause to be set asideb : to force out of use as inferior
2 : to take the place or position of
3 : to displace in favor of another
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Examples of supersede in a Sentence
Fortunately, the scientific enterprise has its own self-correcting mechanisms that eventually sort things out. Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results. Studies that are right will be corroborated by other good studies. —Harriet Hall, Skeptic, 2007
The ancient human carriers of information and understanding—elders, priests, bards, teachers, and community members—are superseded by a more durable and efficient medium, the printed word. —M. Rex Miller, The Millennium Matrix, 2004
Upgrading America's too-old, too-slow telephone network, which took about a century to build, is a massive task. But if you believe predictions that the Internet will one day supersede the telephone as the world's primary means of communications, these companies will be road kill if they simply sit by the wayside. —Bethany McLean, Fortune, 6 Dec. 1999
This edition supersedes the previous one.
Former stars were being superseded by younger actors.
Recent Examples of supersede from the Web
Not a single word in either statute indicates that Congress intended to supersede, terminate, or take away any right enjoyed by unaccompanied minors at the time of the acts’ passage.
The House bill would supersede the state court decision and impose the cap in Florida cases.
Even if the bill had been signed into law with its original language, the certainty of its legally allowing pregnant women to commit murder would have conflicted with New Hampshire laws, not to mention superseding federal ones.
Federal authorities originally indicted 11 alleged members in 2014, before adding Allen in a superseding indictment in August 2015.
The Senate vote was 27 to 13, and the House followed by agreeing 88 to 31 to supersede the Republican governor’s wishes on the tax plan and force the changes into law.
The first one took effect in 2002, superseding local codes and also incorporating the stronger Broward and Miami-Dade provisions.
In October 2016, the brothers pleaded not guilty, and a third defendant, Lanore Belfrey, Thurlee Belfrey’s wife, was added by superseding indictment.
Those physical tokens, in turn, gradually are being superseded by electronic ones, ranging from credit card transactions to new forms of digital currency designed for transferring and amassing wealth on the Internet.
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Synonym Discussion of supersede
SUPERSEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supersede for English Language Learners
: to take the place of (someone or something that is old, no longer useful, etc.) : to replace (someone or something)
SUPERSEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of supersede for Students
: to take the place or position of These instructions supersede those you received earlier.
Legal Definition of supersede
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