underlying

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

underlying \un'der*ly"ing\, adjective

1. Lying under or beneath; as, the underlying strata of a locality.

2. Hence: Fundamental; basic; as, underlying principles; underlying causes. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. Implicit; not immediately obvious; requiring careful scrutiny to discover; as, the underlying sarcasm in her seemingly innocuous remark.. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

underlying

adjective

1: in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning" [syn: {implicit in(p)}, {inherent}, {underlying}]

2: located beneath or below

3: being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles" [syn: {fundamental}, {rudimentary}, {underlying}]


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