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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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38) The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives this example: "The new edition supersedes all previous ones.
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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.
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