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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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This publication supersedes ADP 3-37 and ADRP 3-37, dated 31 August 2012.
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The common denominators in these discussions are the ideas that the New Testament "supersedes" the Old or that the Church "supersedes" Israel.
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Moinian noted that the young honoree "has a great future in our industry," then praised her "brightness and honesty," as well as her knowledge of urban development "which supersedes that of many."
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The agreement to join the UN was called a treaty because of the widely promoted yet totally false assertion that treaty law supersedes the Constitution and therefore, under the treaty establishing U.S.
This memorandum reissues and supersedes the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition memorandum of June 2, 1993, on the same subject.