Definition of supervene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈviːn/


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1Occur as an interruption or change to an existing situation: he had appendicitis and as complications supervened, refrained from work for months (as adjective supervening) any plan is liable to be disrupted by supervening events
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  • Even when the tort occurs first a subsequent event may supervene, removing the causative potency of the original wrong.
  • Only in rare instances do serious complications supervene.
  • You were not for example in the position where you occupied accommodation that was reasonable but then a new or supervening event occurred which led to your current homelessness.
1.1 Philosophy (Of a fact or property) be entailed by or consequent on the existence or establishment of another: the view that mental events supervene upon physical ones
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  • This is because it remains possible that evaluative epistemic facts supervene on naturalistic ones.
  • For consider an epiphenomenalist substance dualist, who holds the completeness of physics, and that mental properties supervene on physical properties, and yet mental properties are properties of a mental substance.
  • According to this conception, we supervene upon, contain, or bear some other exotic relation to a distinguishable source of activities which then become attributable to us by a kind of logical courtesy.



Example sentences
  • This is because atrocities are supervenient on subordinates, but not on command structures.
  • Thus, for instance, a tough individualist may treat groups just as certain individuals ‘acting groupishly’ or a somewhat holistically disposed theoretician may treat them as entities supervenient on certain individuals.
  • A supervenient property P is related to a set of properties at a lower level such that every change in P is accompanied by a change in some one property at the lower level, and every change of a lower-level property changes P.


Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈvɛnʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • This is an elementary pattern (in the Durkheimian sense) for ordered successions, progressions, and superventions.
  • That supervention of my wired-in chimpanzee priorities is not necessarily more correct.
  • There is no phase of development which delimits the state of adolescence unless it be the sudden supervention of those phenomena associated with the blossoming of the sex function.


Mid 17th century: from Latin supervenire, from super- 'in addition' + venire 'come'.

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