- to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes followed by on or upon).
- to ensue.
Origin of supervene
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- philosophy (of a property) inseparable from the other properties of something. Two objects may be identical except that one is red and the other not, but they cannot be identical except that one is beautiful and the other not; beauty is thus a supervenient property
- to follow closely; ensue
- to occur as an unexpected or extraneous development
C17: from Latin supervenīre to come upon, from super- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for supervenient
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