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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.

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The notion of hero was thought to map on to Yue and Cheung's (2000) concept of model in capturing the same concepts of worthiness and longevity; whereas the concept of celebrity was thought to map on to Yue and Cheung's concept of idol by capturing the supersedence of the popularity of the person concerned over their worthiness.
In one sense, what the Alhambra dream can suggest is a reinterpretation of Bloch's architectural metaphor, and the way it equates spatial hierarchy--the utopian "castle in the air" built over the dreamy "nocturnal labyrinth"--with conceptual hierarchy, utopia's supersedence of dream.
It is amendable (Article 48) and open to new parties who wish to accede to its terms (Article 49) (71) Also, Annex 36A contains some special terms devised for Canada,(72) including the supersedence of the benefits suspension provisions in Article 36.