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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verb (used with object), superseded, superseding.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They superseded the old statute with a new one.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Examples from the web for superseded
  • The military element is being superseded to a large extent by the civil.
  • The world of higher education readily supplies examples of what happens when donors feel their preferences have been superseded.
  • The new police superseded the old system of watchmen.
  • But higher-tech forms of entertainment superseded old-fashioned mini-concerts.
  • It's a kind of elegy, too, for the private patron who has been superseded by government and corporations.
  • If he is to be believed, a somewhat left of centre government will be superseded by a somewhat right of centre government.
  • The desktop has had a good run, but it's being superseded by smaller devices.
  • Popular cars were often superseded by models which were merely different, not better.
  • But the reason you're wrong about technology is that this kind of technology is being superseded.
  • Geography, however, can be superseded by the culture at large.
British Dictionary definitions for superseded


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Word Origin and History for superseded



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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