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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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Less in favor now as a poet, in a literary world where innovation often supersedes rhyme, melody or meaning, this substantial biography will bring Millay to life for a new generation.
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After the main sheet is declared, others may be imported; but if conflicts occur, the later imported style sheets supersede the earlier, and the main sheet supersedes all others.