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Underlying

Underlying

WordNet



adjective


(1)   In the nature of something though not readily apparent
"Shortcomings inherent in our approach"
"An underlying meaning"
(2)   Being or involving basic facts or principles
"The fundamental laws of the universe"
"A fundamental incomatibility between them"
"These rudimentary truths"
"Underlying principles"
(3)   Located beneath or below
Wiktonary



Adjective



  1. lying underneath
    We dug down to the underlying rock.
  2. basic or fundamental
    Points and straight lines are underlying elements of geometry.
  3. implicit
    Many nursery rhymes have an underlying meaning.