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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Definitions for supervene

  1. To take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or unexpected (sometimes followed by 'on' or 'upon').
  2. To follow immediately after; to ensue.

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Citations for supervene
After all, doctors outside the hospital can pick up the pieces and readmission is always possible, provided death doesn't supervene. Theodore Dalrymple, New Statesman
Sympathy will weaken; the anger of American public opinion will be uncontainable; doubt -- and the usual conflict of differing interests -- will supervene. , Daily Telegraph
Origin of supervene
1640-1650
Supervene comes from Latin supervenire, from super-, "over, above" + venire, "to come."