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  • adj. In a relationship with another set such that membership in the other set implies membership in the present set
  • adj. Supervening; occurring subsequently; coming after something, especially when not causally connected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coming as something additional or extraneous; coming afterwards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Coming in upon something as additional or extraneous; superadvenient; added; additional; following in close conjunction.


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From Latin supervenient-, stem of superveniens, present participle of supervenio ("to come to or in addition to, to overtake")


  • Kass is surely right to insist that we recognize that our morally significant mental capacities are embodied, concrete, supervenient on a biological base.

    Skyhooks and Tuned Decks and Bloombast (Oh My!)

  • Similarly, advocates of OSR such as Esfeld, French and Ladyman emphasise that the non-supervenient relations implied by quantum entanglement undermine the ontological priority conferred on individuals in most traditional metaphysics.

    Structural Realism

  • “Space: An abstract system of non-supervenient relations.”

    Structural Realism

  • The interpretation of entangled states in quantum mechanics in terms of strongly non-supervenient relations goes back to Cleland (1984).

    Structural Realism

  • The mere fact that every particular has a physical property does not rule out the possibility that some particulars also have non-supervenient mental properties, i.e. mental properties that are only contingently related to the physical.


  • But all of them involve three elements: a set of supervenient entities

    The Normativity of Meaning and Content

  • The possible worlds component of the model would represent beliefs about the supervenience base, while the norms would be needed to represent a person's beliefs involving the supervenient moral properties.

    Boys in White Suits

  • That I strongly suspect that non-darwinian (and non-neodarwinian) mechanisms play a supervenient role in evolution doesn't make me a religious fundamentalist, a "Wedgie," a Creationist or even a heretic.

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • In Newtonian spacetime, the kinematical behavior of a system of point particles under the action of finite forces is supervenient upon ascriptions of particular values of position and momentum to the particles along their trajectories.

    Holism and Nonseparability in Physics

  • State Separability: The state assigned to a compound physical system at any time is supervenient on the states then assigned to its component subsystems.

    Holism and Nonseparability in Physics


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