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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of underlie.


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  • I have done all I could to make him understand something of the life not merely in, but that underlies -- _underlies_ -- my libretto.

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  • Second, even a moment's reflection suggests that the first principle of Aboriginal title underlies all the treaties and gives them their validity.

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  • But, though the expression is unique, the idea underlies the whole teaching of the

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  • The seismic demographic shift summarized in this turn of phrase underlies Latino perspectives and modes of participation that are altering the landscape of U.S. Catholicism.

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  • A, Andersen E, van Oudenaarden A (2010) Variability in gene expression underlies incomplete penetrance.

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  • The Germanic stem, *slak-, underlies the Old English word slæc or “loose,” the direct ancestor of Modern English slack, slacken, and the word for that work-avoiding creature revived in America’s 1990s, the slacker.

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  • What does it mean to say that a particular principle — that medical care must be treated as a matter of need, for example — "underlies" the political accommodations we have reached?

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  • The ideal judge I imagine — Hercules — interprets the immense variety of past judicial decisions in his jurisdiction so as to find the scheme of principle that "underlies" them, and then decides new cases that come before him by applying that scheme.

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  • Analogy: for someone like Lyotard, the hero's journey is a metanarrative, an a priori theory that's sprawling enough for any text to meet its requirements, and we gain satisfaction from having a theory that "underlies" everything, when in fact it's a metanarrative construing everything.

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  • Meanwhile, we have proof that symbol-like processing such as underlies grammars or other models of abstract thinking doesn’t need to be built in but can be learned by neural networks that work sufficiently like a real brain:

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