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<p><a id="sthref90" name="sthref90"></a><a id="sthref91" name="sthref91"></a>An entities that extend a <span class="bold">Mapped Superclass</span> class inherit the persistent state and mapping information from a superclass. You should use a mapped superclass to define mapping information that is common to multiple entity classes.</p>
<p>A mapped superclass <span class="italic">can be</span>:</p>
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<p>A mapped superclass <span class="italic">cannot be</span>:</p>
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<p>A mapped superclass does not have a defined database table. Instead, its mapping information is derived from its superclass. To override the mapping information for a specific subclass, use the <code>@AttributeOverride</code> annotation for that specific class.</p>
<p><a id="sthref92" name="sthref92"></a><a id="sthref93" name="sthref93"></a><a id="sthref94" name="sthref94"></a><a id="sthref95" name="sthref95"></a>A mapped superclass is identified by the <code>@MappedSuperclass</code> annotation.</p>
<p>Use this procedure to add Mapped Superclass persistence to an existing entity:</p>
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<p>In the <span class="gui-object-title">JPA Details</span> view, use the <span class="gui-object-action">Map As</span> drop-list to select <span class="gui-object-action">Mapped Superclass</span>.</p>
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