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intervene

v. to obtain the court's permission to enter into a lawsuit which has already started between other parties and to file a complaint stating the basis for a claim in the existing lawsuit. Such intervention will be allowed only if the party wanting to enter into the case has some right or interest in the suit and will not unduly prejudice the ability of the original parties to the lawsuit in conducting their case. Example: Little Buttercup Butter Co. has been sued by Market Bag Grocers for selling below standard butter. Better Buy Market has also been buying Buttercup's butter, and wishes to intervene (join in the lawsuit) to avoid either a loss by Market Bag which would affect Better Buy's possible claim, and also to avoid two separate suits. Or another butter company might want to join the suit on Buttercup's side in order to put up a united front with Buttercup against the markets. (See: intervention, joinder)

intervene

verb become a party to an action, break in, come between, encroach, infringe, intercede, interfere, intermeddle, interpose, interrupt, meddle, obtrude, step in
Associated concepts: intervening act, intervening agency, intervening cause, intervening efficient cause, intervening estate, intervening force, intervening parties, intervening sufficient cause, intervening superceding cause, intervenor, intervention as of right, intervention by leave of court
See also: arbitrate, check, defer, delay, discontinue, disrupt, estop, forestall, hold up, impose, intercede, interfere, interject, interpose, intrude, mediate, obstruct, obtrude, parry, restrain, tamper
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One might observe that Wordsworth's intervenient sounds--waterfalls, echoes off distant cliffs, tearing winds--all have the same lack of content:
Intervenient nature is remembered as a mood rather than as any kind of definite sensation.
Such fragments are his earliest attempts to wrestle with what later gets represented as intervenient sound:
But the intervenient is a mood rather than any kind of definite physical sensation.
What is the thematic point of the intervenient sound interlude in this little poem?
I have claimed that the origin of this poem is in some "time of unrememberable being," that the intervenient manifestations of nature are of that unrememberable time, and that the poet's effort to uncover that contentless being is the engine that generates the variously articulated sentences of the poem.
I have been saying that intervenient sound has an ontological priority with respect to the happenings that are described in those mini-narratives, but the sentences themselves, one might protest, imply nothing more than spatial contiguity and temporal sequence.
The priority of this unrememberable bond is acknowledged in the conditional syntax of that last sentence, which is structurally much like the intervenient sound passages I have already cited.
Still, the mini-narratives that represent intervenient sound in that poem misrepresent their origins in what is blank and unrememberable by picturing it as a background element in a physical frame.