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To obliterate, replace, make void, or useless.

Supersede means to take the place of, as by reason of superior worth or right. A recently enacted statute that repeals an older law is said to supersede the prior legislation.

A superseding cause is an act of a third person or some intervening force that prevents a tortfeasor from being held liable for harm to another. A supervening act is one that insulates an actor from responsibility for negligently causing a dangerous condition that results in an injury to the plaintiff.


verb abolish, annul, discard, displace, make obsolete, make void, nullify, obviate, oust, override, overrule, preclude, put in the place of, remove, repeal, set aside, stand in stead of, subrogate, substitute, succedere, succeed, supplant, take the place of, void
Associated concepts: superseding cause
See also: abolish, abrogate, accede, annul, disinherit, dislodge, displace, follow, leave, override, overrule, replace, rescind, succeed, supplant, upset
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43) Yet, Lang's example shows that religious developments may supersede and incorporate an earlier form of religion that remains completely intact, such that a "supersession" of Judaism need not cancel it.
Other Information in Documents Containing Audited Financial Statements: Supersedes AU Sections 550, Other Information in Documents Containing Audited Financial Statements, and 551, Reporting on Information Accompanying the Basic Financial Statements in Auditor-Submitted Documents
Supersedes AU section 333, Written Representations, in AICPA Professional Standard
The SSAE supersedes AT section 501, Reporting on an Entity's Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.
Gennaro says the new law brought by Jesus Christ supersedes the law of the Old Testament.
Supreme Court ruled that federal law - which bars possessing, growing and furnishing marijuana - supersedes state law.
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning of September 1, 2004.
It, therefore, precedes the covenant with Israel and supersedes it.
Statement 141, Petrone said, eliminated the pooling-of-interests method of accounting and supersedes Opinion 16 in its entirety, though it carries through that opinion's guidance on the purchase method of accounting.
The new fluid supersedes the previous Standard Reference Material 1490 Non-linear Fluid Standard, which was composed of a high-molecular-mass polyisobutylene dissolved in normal hexadecane.
The gravity of HIV/AIDS as a public health issue supersedes it as a political issue," Smiley told The Advocate.
The FAA has also proposed a new AD that supersedes an existing one applicable to certain Boeing 737-600, -700, -800 and -700C series aircraft.