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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 17th century


The act of taking the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use), or supplanting.

Examples of Supersedence in a sentence

"Gasoline-powered cars face supersedence by the rising popularity of electric vehicles."

"Since the 1990s, the supersedence of hip-hop and pop music over rock 'n' roll on the charts has been clear."

About Supersedence

“Supersedence” is formed out of the verb “supercede,” from the Latin “supersedere,” meaning “be superior to.” The current sense of supplanting a previous version dates from the mid 17th century.

Did you Know?

Consumer electronics is a market of supersedence. Manufacturers offer updated models every year, which they hope will supersede last year’s model in the eyes of consumers. Supersedence isn’t built into the market of every consumer product, however. Many simple items, like tools or cooking utensils, hardly change at all, allowing for very little change from year to year. Automobile manufacturers have relied on a degree of supersedence with the release of each year’s models of cars and trucks. However, car and truck makers are rarely ever able to offer the kinds of continual technological upgrades that smartphone, tablet, and computer makers tout as the hallmarks of each new product they release.

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