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Meaning & Definition of Underlying in English

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Underlying

/əndərlaɪɪŋ/

adjective

1. In the nature of something though not readily apparent

  • "Shortcomings inherent in our approach"
  • "An underlying meaning"
    synonym:
  • implicit in(p)
  • ,
  • inherent
  • ,
  • underlying

2. Located beneath or below

    synonym:
  • underlying

3. Being or involving basic facts or principles

  • "The fundamental laws of the universe"
  • "A fundamental incomatibility between them"
  • "These rudimentary truths"
  • "Underlying principles"
    synonym:
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • rudimentary
  • ,
  • underlying