- 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or cause to be set aside as void, useless, or obsolete, usually in favor of something mentioned; make obsolete: They superseded the old statute with a new one.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 superseding
Of course, the U.S. Constitution as written bans religious law from superseding our own laws by way of the Supremacy Clause.North Carolina, Your Anti-Sharia Law Takes the Cake
August 9, 2013
This was followed by a third superseding indictment in which the number of counts was reduced to five.
In May of 2008, a superseding indictment was issued upping the number of counts to fifteen.
Sir John Moore then, superseding them all, took the command.
As yet there was no idea of superseding the episcopal functions.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
“You have succeeded so well, that I should not think of superseding you,” answered his brother.Hendricks the Hunter
Hence was formed from it the anomalous genitive its superseding the Saxon his.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
My services suited her better, and I often had the honor of superseding Frances.Rutledge
Miriam Coles Harris
- 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 superseding
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 Related: Superseded; superseding.