supervene

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verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Definition of supervene

supervened

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supervening

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unforseen 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 and Etymology of supervene

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


First Known Use: 1636

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

SUPERVENE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of supervene for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

supervene

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

Medical Definition of supervene

supervened

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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

supervened

supervening

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



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