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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 Relation to the Financial Statements as a Whole: Supersedes AU Section 551, Reporting on Information Accompanying the Basic Financial Statements in Auditor-Submitted Documents
Supersedes AU sections 410, Adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, 431, Adequacy of Disclosure in Financial Statements, 508, Reports on Audited Financial Statements, and 532, Restricting the Use of an Auditor's Report, in AICPA Professional Standards.
The SAS supersedes AU section 325, Communicating Internal Control Related Matters Identified in an Audit.
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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.
This manual supersedes FM 5-530, dated 17 August 1987.
Supersedes AU section 543, Part of Audit Performed by Other Independent Auditors, in AICPA Professional Standards.
107, Audit Risk and Materiality in Conducting an Audit, supersedes SAS No.
This memorandum reissues and supersedes the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition memorandum of June 2, 1993, on the same subject.