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·venient (-vēnyənt) adj.
su′per·venience (-vēnyəns) n.
su′per·vention (-vĕnshən) n.
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