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[soo-per-seed] /ˌsu pərˈsid/
verb (used with object), superseded, superseding.
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They superseded the old statute with a new one.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
1485-95; < Latin supersedēre to sit above or upon, forbear, equivalent to super- super- + sedēre to sit1
Related forms
supersedable, adjective
superseder, noun
unsuperseded, adjective
unsuperseding, adjective
1. See replace. 2. void, overrule, annul, revoke, rescind. Unabridged
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  • Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The button of soot has vanished into the limbo of superseded inventions.

  • Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Its use has practically been superseded by the study of anatomy.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  • Thus the drawboy and the reader of designs were both at once superseded.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 Samuel Smiles
  • He was accused of dissolute conduct, and was superseded in his office by Du Poizat.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
British Dictionary definitions for superseded


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
supersedable, adjective
supersedence, noun
superseder, noun
supersedure (ˌsuːpəˈsiːdʒə) noun
supersession (ˌsuːpəˈsɛʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin supersedēre to sit above, from super- + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for superseded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 Related: Superseded; superseding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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