supervene upon

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Verb1.supervene upon - take the place or move into the position of; "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left"; "the computer has supplanted the slide rule"; "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"
replace - substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected); "He replaced the old razor blade"; "We need to replace the secretary that left a month ago"; "the insurance will replace the lost income"; "This antique vase can never be replaced"
put back, replace - put something back where it belongs; "replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it"; "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them"
deputise, deputize, step in, substitute - act as a substitute; "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
displace, preempt - take the place of or have precedence over; "live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour"; "discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor"
usurp - take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"
oust - remove and replace; "The word processor has ousted the typewriter"
come after, succeed, follow - be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
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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.
The proposed solution to these problems is based on the observation that if universal U is said to supervene upon universals V, W, and so on, then it is the instantiation of U that supervenes on the instantiation of V, W, and so on.
The second is that these assertability conditions in fact supervene upon the same causal chain of events that ground reference under Devitt's (1997) account.
They may merely "supervene upon life" in ancillary ways.
In conversation with philosophers of action (especially John Macmurray, Raymond Tallis, and Edward Pols) who have explored the metaphysics of at least human agency, the solution proposed is of God as primordial and personal agent whose direct actions create, supervene upon, and utilize cosmological laws, events, causes, and creatures to bring about divine intentions.
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.
I said to him "You hold that all composition in the world, or across worlds, is mereological only." "Yes." "You hold also that mereological wholes supervene upon the totality of their parts." "Yes." "You hold further that what supervenes in the mereological fusion is not something ontologically additional to what it supervenes upon." "Yes." "So mereological composition does not really introduce any unity into the world." "YES." It used to be a traditional criticism of Hume's psychological atomism that he smashed the world, and then could not put it together again.
So being conscious does not supervene upon microphysical arrangements: if being conscious is an intrinsic qualitative property, then Microphysical Supervenience is false.
In addition to the examples above, he combines his probabilistic constraints on causal laws with the insistence that causation does not supervene upon, or even presuppose, causal laws: his 'singularist' account of causation.