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underlying

adjective un·der·ly·ing \ˌən-dər-ˈlī-iŋ\

—used to identify the idea, cause, problem, etc., that forms the basis of something

: lying under or below something

Full Definition of UNDERLYING

1
a :  lying beneath or below <the underlying rock is shale>
b :  basic, fundamental <an investigation of the underlying issues>
2
:  evident only on close inspection :  implicit
3
:  anterior and prior in claim <underlying mortgage>
4
:  of or being present in deep structure <underlying word order>

Examples of UNDERLYING

  1. the ocean and the underlying rock
  2. <the underlying differences between democracy and dictatorship>

First Known Use of UNDERLYING

1611

Rhymes with UNDERLYING

Medical Dictionary

underlying

adjective un·der·ly·ing \-ˌlī-iŋ\

Medical Definition of UNDERLYING

:  serving as a basis or cause (as of secondary symptoms) <the underlying brain malformation that caused the hydrocephalus—R. M. Henig>

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