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intr.v. su·per·vened, su·per·ven·ing, su·per·venes
1. To come or occur as something extraneous, additional, or unexpected.
2. To follow immediately after; ensue.
3. Philosophy To be dependent on a set of facts or properties in such a way that change is possible only if change occurs in those facts or properties.

[Latin supervenīre : super-, super- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

su′per·ven′ient (-vēn′yənt) adj.
su′per·ven′ience (-vēn′yəns) n.
su′per·ven′tion (-vĕn′shən) n.


vb (intr)
1. to follow closely; ensue
2. to occur as an unexpected or extraneous development
[C17: from Latin supervenīre to come upon, from super- + venīre to come]
ˌsuperˈvenience, supervention n


(ˌsu pərˈvin)

v.i. -vened, -ven•ing.
1. to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes fol. by on or upon).
2. to ensue.
[1640–50; < Latin supervenīre=super- super- + venīre to come]


Past participle: supervened
Gerund: supervening

I supervene
you supervene
he/she/it supervenes
we supervene
you supervene
they supervene
I supervened
you supervened
he/she/it supervened
we supervened
you supervened
they supervened
Present Continuous
I am supervening
you are supervening
he/she/it is supervening
we are supervening
you are supervening
they are supervening
Present Perfect
I have supervened
you have supervened
he/she/it has supervened
we have supervened
you have supervened
they have supervened
Past Continuous
I was supervening
you were supervening
he/she/it was supervening
we were supervening
you were supervening
they were supervening
Past Perfect
I had supervened
you had supervened
he/she/it had supervened
we had supervened
you had supervened
they had supervened
I will supervene
you will supervene
he/she/it will supervene
we will supervene
you will supervene
they will supervene
Future Perfect
I will have supervened
you will have supervened
he/she/it will have supervened
we will have supervened
you will have supervened
they will have supervened
Future Continuous
I will be supervening
you will be supervening
he/she/it will be supervening
we will be supervening
you will be supervening
they will be supervening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been supervening
you have been supervening
he/she/it has been supervening
we have been supervening
you have been supervening
they have been supervening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been supervening
you will have been supervening
he/she/it will have been supervening
we will have been supervening
you will have been supervening
they will have been supervening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been supervening
you had been supervening
he/she/it had been supervening
we had been supervening
you had been supervening
they had been supervening
I would supervene
you would supervene
he/she/it would supervene
we would supervene
you would supervene
they would supervene
Past Conditional
I would have supervened
you would have supervened
he/she/it would have supervened
we would have supervened
you would have supervened
they would have supervened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.supervene - take place as an additional or unexpected development
hap, happen, occur, come about, take place, go on, pass off, fall out, pass - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"


To occur after in time:
Idiom: follow on the heels of.


[ˌsuːpəˈviːn] VIsobrevenir


References in classic literature ?
Almost in the same breath, a strain of gallantry which was incorrigible in him, and to which his humor and his tenderness to women whom he liked gave variety and charm, would supervene upon his seriousness with a rapidity which her far less flexible temperament could not follow.
That in a limited island some chec would sooner or later supervene, is inevitable; but why ha the increase of the horse been checked sooner than that o the cattle?
They maintain that one's evidence supervenes upon one's mental states and so deny that contingent facts about the environment and one's relation to it that don't supervene upon one's mental states have any bearing on the justification of belief.
The Russian pianist's technical brilliance is never in doubt but what separates her from a dozen other fast-fingered international competition winners is her ability to reveal the emotions that supervene on the notes themselves.
The world awoke to a new reality in which the need to punish systematic human rights abuses can supervene sovereignty in international law.
In my experience, an adequate drug trial usually requires several months, unless side effects supervene," he said.
Supposing that we exist, and that we cause certain things by having "conscious mental properties" (88-89), Merricks argues that our existing and having such properties does not supervene on the qualities and interrelations either of the atoms composing us or of those and other atoms.
So being conscious does not supervene upon microphysical arrangements: if being conscious is an intrinsic qualitative property, then Microphysical Supervenience is false.
It is widely believed that many (if not all) of the intrinsic qualitative properties of macrophysical objects supervene on the intrinsic properties and relations exemplified by their microphysical parts.
I will remain neutral on the question of whether this is bad news for the notion that the chances are intrinsic or bad news for the view that the chances supervene on (non-chance) history, but by arguing against the combination of the two views, and by showing how many views of chance are infected by underminability, I want to emphasize that one cannot -- and ought not try to -- remain innocent of metaphysics while thinking about the interpretation of chance in physics.
According to one reading of the thesis of Humean Supervenience, most famously defended by David Lewis, certain "fundamental" (nonmodal) facts entail all there is but do not supervene on less fundamental facts.
This should dismay those, I argued, who think differences in consciousness supervene on relevant microphysical differences (p.