Definition of supervene in English:

supervene

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Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈviːn
 
, ˌsjuː-/

verb

[no object]
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

supervenient

adjective
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  • 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.

supervention

Pronunciation: /-ˈvɛnʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • 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.

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