[ soo-per-veen ]
/ ˌsu pərˈvin /

verb (used without object), su·per·vened, su·per·ven·ing.

to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes followed by on or upon).
to ensue.

Origin of supervene

1640–50; < Latin supervenīre, equivalent to super- super- + venīre to come

Related forms

su·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for supervenient (1 of 2)


/ (ˌsuːpəˈviːnɪənt) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for supervenient (2 of 2)


/ (ˌsuːpəˈviːn) /

verb (intr)

to follow closely; ensue
to occur as an unexpected or extraneous development

Derived Forms

supervenience or supervention (ˌsuːpəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for supervene

C17: from Latin supervenīre to come upon, from super- + venīre to come
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