- to replace in power, authority, effectiveness, acceptance, use, etc., as by another person or thing.
- to set aside or cause to be set aside as void, useless, or obsolete, usually in favor of something mentioned; make obsolete: They superseded the old statute with a new one.
- to succeed to the position, function, office, etc., of; supplant.
Origin of supersede
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Examples from the Web for supersede
They would not, for example, supersede federal law regarding the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Sport does have this incredible power to supersede current affairs and politics.The Irish Sports Betting Company Sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea
December 19, 2013
Netanyahu is meanwhile scrambling to supersede the Plessner committee with intra-coalition negotiations conducted by himself.Your Move, Mofaz
July 5, 2012
But with the operations of magic Rodogune had delighted to supersede the parsimony of nature.Imogen
It is destined to supersede the one, and to introduce the other.
"None upon earth to supersede the one I have with you," was the reply.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
It is this very state of affairs, however, that it is sought to supersede.The Settlement of Wage Disputes
Gutenberg's letters of lead are about to supersede Orpheus's letters of stone.Notre-Dame de Paris
- to take the place of (something old-fashioned or less appropriate); supplant
- to replace in function, office, etc; succeed
- to discard or set aside or cause to be set aside as obsolete or inferior
Word Origin and History for supersede
mid-15c., Scottish, "postpone, defer," from Middle French superceder "desist, delay, defer," from Latin supersedere "sit on top of, stay clear of, abstain from, forbear, refrain from," from super "above" (see super-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). In Scottish law, a judicial order protecting a debtor. Meaning "displace, replace" first recorded 1640s. Related: Superseded; superseding.