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verb (used without object), su·per·vened, su·per·ven·ing.
  1. to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes followed by on or upon).
  2. to ensue.
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Origin of supervene

1640–50; < Latin supervenīre, equivalent to super- super- + venīre to come
Related formssu·per·ven·ience [soo-per-veen-yuh ns] /ˌsu pərˈvin yəns/, su·per·ven·tion [soo-per-ven-shuh n] /ˌsu pərˈvɛn ʃən/, nounsu·per·ven·ient [soo-per-veen-yuh nt] /ˌsu pərˈvin yənt/, adjective
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Related Words for supervenient

accidental, accompanying, adscititious, adventitious, ancillary, attendant, casual, chance, circumstantial, coincidental, concomitant, concurrent, contingent, contributory, fluke, fortuitous, irregular, nonessential, occasional, odd

British Dictionary definitions for supervenient


  1. supervening
  2. 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
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verb (intr)
  1. to follow closely; ensue
  2. to occur as an unexpected or extraneous development
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Derived Formssupervenience or supervention (ˌsuːpəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for supervene

C17: from Latin supervenīre to come upon, from super- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for supervenient



1590s (implied in supervenient), from Latin supervenire "come on top of," from super "over, upon" (see super-) + venire "come" (see venue).

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