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underlying

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

of or relating to the simplest facts or theories of a subject
  • the underlying differences between democracy and dictatorship

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underlying

verb
present participle of underlie

Synonyms & Antonyms of underlying (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to lie underneath
  • A layer of rock underlies the topsoil.

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2 to form the basis or foundation of (something, such as an idea)
  • The assumption that underlies their argument is faulty.

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The first known use of underlying was in 1611

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“Underlying.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/underlying. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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