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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.
In an effort to provide a theoretical framework within which differing claims about human nature can be addressed in a systematic fashion, Harris (emeritus philosophy, College of William and Mary) introduces the cluster theory of human nature, which posits that human nature is a complex emergent property that supervenes upon the causal nexus that is created by the interactions amongst a cluster of properties.
For centuries, shechita has been practised as it accomplishes what other methods of slaughter attempt, the immediate and irreversible abolition of consciousness until death supervenes.
For me independence is more than political; it has a moral intensity that supervenes the often irrelevant bickerings of some politicians, because I believe that every nation has an inalienable right to govern itself.
FAWC wrote: 'We are persuaded that such amassive injury would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibility supervenes.
Unable to represent the world within the bounds of natural feeling and experience, a nightmare of paranoia, schizophrenia, necrophilism, and vampirism supervenes, in which the natural affections are perverted by the will to destroy.
No, says Merricks, because it is incredible that whether the atoms-minus compose a conscious being supervenes on whether those atoms are located next to atoms arranged left-index-fingerwise.
His opponent maintains that being conscious is not intrinsic, although it supervenes upon microphysical properties of the world.
If mass supervenes on microphysical structure, then anything having the same microphysical structure as Socrates ought to have the same mass as well.
The same thing will hold for any view of chance according to which the statement that the t-chance of some event is such-and-so is incompatible with even a single post-t distribution of events, and this in turn is true of any view according to which the chance distribution at a world supervenes on its total history but not any finite initial segment of that history.