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UNDERLYING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does underlying mean? 

UNDERLYING (adjective)
  The adjective UNDERLYING has 3 senses:

1. in the nature of something though not readily apparent
2. located beneath or below
3. being or involving basic facts or principles

  Familiarity information: UNDERLYING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNDERLYING (adjective)


Sense 1underlying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the nature of something though not readily apparent

Synonyms:

implicit in; underlying; inherent

Context examples:

shortcomings inherent in our approach / an underlying meaning

Similar:

implicit; inexplicit (implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something)


Sense 2underlying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Located beneath or below

Similar:

subjacent (lying nearby but lower)


Sense 3underlying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or involving basic facts or principles

Synonyms:

rudimentary; fundamental; underlying

Context examples:

the fundamental laws of the universe / a fundamental incomatibility between them / these rudimentary truths / underlying principles

Similar:

basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)


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