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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]


In the nature of something though not readily apparent


implicit in; underlying; inherent

Context examples:

shortcomings inherent in our approach / an underlying meaning


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

Sense 2underlying [BACK TO TOP]


Located beneath or below


subjacent (lying nearby but lower)

Sense 3underlying [BACK TO TOP]


Being or involving basic facts or principles


rudimentary; fundamental; underlying

Context examples:

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


basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)

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