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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of intervene.

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Examples

  • If scientists are predisposed to seek out natural law explanations, an intelligent mind that intervenes is likewise ruled out in a priori fashion.

    Another Limitation of Science?

  • A candidate in whose behalf a member of Parliament intervenes is refused appointment or promotion, as the case may, if he cannot show that he was ignorant of the attempt to use political influence in his support.

    Civil Service Reform in Canada

  • You wait till a week or a month passes; till some distance, in short, intervenes between you and the matter; and then your excitement, your fever, your wrath, have gone down, as the matter has lost its freshness; and now you see the case calmly, you see it very differently indeed from the fashion in which you saw it first; you conclude that now you see it rightly.

    The Recreations of a Country Parson

  • Department intervenes, which is why some Democrats in Alabama bent the ear of Attorney General Eric Holder on his recent trip to Birmingham.

    Master of a Lost Art: Interview with Newspaperman Glynn Wilson, Part Two

  • In particular it is undesirable to omit that when a long clause or phrase intervenes between it and the subject and verb it introduces, as in the first four examples.

    Style.

  • A miracle is a grace intervening in things, just as grace properly so-called intervenes in human actions.

    Initiation into Philosophy

  • Here slang intervenes and takes it up: Candle, camoufle.

    Les Miserables, Volume IV, Saint Denis

  • Then memory intervenes, which is under the obligation to give everything meaning, and you recognize it, for example, as another person.

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  • Inasmuch as God is defined as something or someone over against and distinct from the universe, then one is going to inevitably think of God as an additional and external entity who "intervenes".

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • As Annan himself has said, we applaud the policeman who "intervenes" to stop a fight, or the teacher who tries to prevent bullying and fighting; and a doctor "intervenes" to save patients 'lives.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2001 - Presentation Speech

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