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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.
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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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Authors' intentions are crucial to both, it is just that Solum wants to stake out the position, in contrast to Alexander, that "conventional semantic meanings are not identical with or reducible to individual communicative intentions, nor are they supervenient on such meanings." (p.
(15) Or, in more technical terms, a natural phenomenon is reductively explainable in terms of some low-level properties when it is logically supervenient on those properties.
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courtesy, a chief sinner who could only hope for supervenient grace.
What differentiates the resulting form of structural realism from standard scientific realism is that the latter regards the mind-independent modal relations between phenomena as supervenient on the properties of unobservable objects and the external relations between them, rather than this structure being ontologically basic.
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When group agency emerges, however, it shares similar characteristics with other supervenient relationships.
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44r/ Feare of other superinducted Laws and Government, mutuall pactions and such like, may (h) give an external and adventitious coercion to him to observe those Common Rules of Reason by which such Lawes are superinducted, and in conformity whereunto they are made; yett still the Rule of Reason simply consider'd (excluding the authority of the Supream Legislator) would stil (i) be without the true formall Nature of a Law, because tho it were an excellent Rule, yet it would induce no Obligation upon him that hath it but he might use, or not use it (j) at his pleasure, if he can but deliver himself from the Difficultys of other external supervenient Government (k) Laws or Penaltys either by Secrecy or Power.