Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being only in between other more important things; secondary, incidental.
  • adj. Intervening, interceding, placed or coming between.
  • n. One who intervenes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being or coming between; intercedent; interposed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Coming or being between; intervening.

Etymologies

From the present participle stem of Latin intervenīre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If by the presence of such a body, then there will be vision though there be no intervenient; if the intervenient is the sole attractive agent, then we are forced to think of the visible object as being a Kind utterly without energy, performing no act.

    The Six Enneads.

  • For if the intervenient appetites make any action voluntary, then by the same reason all intervenient aversions should make the same action involuntary; and so one and the same action should be both voluntary and involuntary.

    Leviathan

  • Therefore it is an happy thing in a state, when kings and states do often consult with judges; and again, when judges do often consult with the king and state: the one, when there is matter of law, intervenient in business of state; the other, when there is some consideration of state, intervenient in matter of law.

    The Essays

  • It was some days before I saw her: and this intervenient space giving me time to reperuse what I had written, I thought it proper to lay that aside, and to write in a style a little less fervent; for you would have blamed me, I knew, for the freedom of some of my expressions,

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • It was some days before I saw her: and this intervenient space giving me time to re-peruse what I had written, I thought it proper to lay that aside, and to write in a style a little less fervent; for you would have blamed me, I know, for the free-dom of some of my expressions.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But if he could not, so soon as he wished, procure my consent to a day; in that case, he thought the compliment might as well be made to Lord M. as not, [See, my dear!] since the settlements might be drawn and engrossed in the intervenient time, which would pacify his impatience, as no time would be lost.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • So that as tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quick eye and a body ready to put itself into all postures, so in the mathematics that use which is collateral and intervenient is no less worthy than that which is principal and intended.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • This one intermediate, light, would seem to be necessary, but, unless light is corporeal, no intervening body is requisite: and we must remember that intervenient and borrowed light is essential not to seeing in general but to distant vision; the question whether light absolutely requires the presence of air we will discuss later.

    The Six Enneads.

  • If the sentient be a material entity sensation could only be of the order of seal-impressions struck by a ring on wax, in this case by sensible objects on the blood or on the intervenient air.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Perhaps, on the other hand, the intervenient is modified only by the accident of its midway position, so that, failing any intervenient, whatsoever sound two bodies in clash might make would impinge without medium upon our sense?

    The Six Enneads.

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