- 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or cause to be set aside as void, useless, or obsolete, usually in favor of something mentioned; make obsolete: They superseded the old statute with a new one.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Examples from the Web for superseded
Lavrov said the G8 has been superseded by the G20, a bigger club.Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.
Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser
March 25, 2014
But he decided that the goal of ousting Morsi superseded any concerns about the army.How to Take Down a President
July 17, 2013
The last three were tossed: superseded by federal law, said the majority.Michael Tomasky on Antonin Scalia, the Lawless Supreme Court Justice
June 26, 2012
Robert Wood Johnson superseded his brothers and summarily replaced James as president.The Johnson Family Tears
January 7, 2010
Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.The Devil's Dictionary
The button of soot has vanished into the limbo of superseded inventions.Heroes of the Telegraph
Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.Freeland
Its use has practically been superseded by the study of anatomy.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Thus the drawboy and the reader of designs were both at once superseded.Self-Help
- 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Word Origin and History for superseded
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 Related: Superseded; superseding.