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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.


1. (Logic) supervening
2. (Philosophy) 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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What Wilberforce means by "real Christianity" sits comfortably with the supervenient concept of duty and self-sacrifice in Britain's imperial cause, allied to a strong sense of paternalist responsibility for those less civilized, or less economically advanced.
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That is because of the possibility of causation by supervenient facts.