• WordNet 3.6
    • v supervene take place as an additional or unexpected development
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Supervene To come as something additional or extraneous; to occur with reference or relation to something else; to happen upon or after something else; to be added; to take place; to happen. "Such a mutual gravitation can never supervene to matter unless impressed by divine power.""A tyrany immediately supervened ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supervene To come in as extraneous upon something; be added or joined; follow in close conjunction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Supervene sū-pėr-vēn′ to come in addition, or closely after: to occur, take place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. supervenire, superventum, to come over, to come upon; super, over + venire, to come. See Super-, and Come, and cf. Overcome
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. super, above, venīre, ventum, come.


In literature:

Between this stage and that of human language an immense gap supervenes, a broad abyss which it seems at first sight impossible to bridge.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
The anterior and lateral portions of the neck, were enormously distended with blood, and syncope supervened.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
After the phil-Hellenic enthusiasm a singular change supervened in the sentiments of Europe.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
Fortunately for him, on the spot, there supervened something in which the flash went out.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
The fever on her brain came back with renewed intensity, and absolute madness supervened.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
Some most unfavorable symptoms had supervened, but he did not despair.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The silence of death supervened, and my anger turned to fear.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
A bad harvest supervened.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
All lay desolate, lifeless, and grim in the severe cold which had supervened during the last days.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
Even in his hatred for his brother, even in his calmest moments, jealousy supervened.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Unable in the supervening blankness
To sift TO AGATHON from the chaff
Until he found his sieve . . .
Ultimately, his seismograph:
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
Say, shall not this, ay, more than this, suffice?
The thousand horrors, daily felt and seen!
Say is it not enough, ye good and wise?
Then why should newer horrors supervene?
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton

In science:

For example, a perceiver might be a nonphysical mind in a dualist view in which the mind and its perceptions are epiphenomena that supervene upon the dynamical physical system without having any action back upon it.
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
Namely, the literature tends to make the assumption I labelled (Bracket): that classical mechanics, or at least classical physics as a whole, forms a coherent whole, which can be safely assumed to provide the supervenience basis on which facts about the persistence of macro-ob jects supervenes.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In more philosophical jargon: the classical mechanical description of the world provides the supervenience basis on which facts about the persistence of macro-ob jects supervenes.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
He holds that al l truths supervene on truths about matters of local particular fact: where ‘matters of local particular fact’ is to be understood in terms of Lewis’ metaphysics of natural properties, with the properties having spacetime points, or perhaps point-sized bits of matter, as instances.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In particular, the formulation should not invoke either persistence or causation, since these are meant to supervene on the local arrangement of qualities, taken of course as including facts about the vector field V .
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter