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[soo-per-seed] /ˌsu pərˈsid/
verb (used with object), superseded, superseding.
to replace in power, authority, effectiveness, acceptance, use, etc., as by another person or thing.
to set aside or cause to be set aside as void, useless, or obsolete, usually in favor of something mentioned; make obsolete:
They superseded the old statute with a new one.
to succeed to the position, function, office, etc., of; supplant.
Origin of supersede
1485-95; < Latin supersedēre to sit above or upon, forbear, equivalent to super- super- + sedēre to sit1
Related forms
supersedable, adjective
superseder, noun
unsuperseded, adjective
unsuperseding, adjective
1. See replace. 2. void, overrule, annul, revoke, rescind. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for supersede
  • And a major discovery in the coming years could upend the field and supersede the recommendations of the decadal survey.
  • To wholly supersede the present memory standard in a mere half-decade may sound wildly optimistic.
  • More fools will supersede you and they in turn will be shown by their successors to be of no value.
  • It is about political group think, where convictions supersede reality.
  • In the long term sense, ideas would supersede individuals in making the world tick.
  • The romantic poets eagerly sought to supersede this convention by vivid, appropriate words.
  • These two elements exist in all cultures and supersede any differences.
  • The parties recognize that the provisions of this contract cannot supersede law.
  • The study claims that friends supersede spouses as carriers of the fat flu, but wedding vows can still be a vector.
  • No-license parties are a new fad, and promise to supersede straw rides.
British Dictionary definitions for supersede


verb (transitive)
to take the place of (something old-fashioned or less appropriate); supplant
to replace in function, office, etc; succeed
to discard or set aside or cause to be set aside as obsolete or inferior
Derived Forms
supersedable, adjective
supersedence, noun
superseder, noun
supersedure (ˌsuːpəˈsiːdʒə) noun
supersession (ˌsuːpəˈsɛʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin supersedēre to sit above, from super- + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for supersede

mid-15c., Scottish, "postpone, defer," from Middle French superceder "desist, delay, defer," from Latin supersedere "sit on top of, stay clear of, abstain from, forbear, refrain from," from super "above" (see super-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). In Scottish law, a judicial order protecting a debtor. Meaning "displace, replace" first recorded 1640s. Related: Superseded; superseding.

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