from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lying under or beneath something.
  • adjective Basic; fundamental.
  • adjective Present but not readily noticeable.
  • adjective Taking precedence; prior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lying beneath or under; supporting; fundamental: as, underlying principles; specifically, in geology, noting a formation, rocks, or strata lying below others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lying under or beneath
  • adjective Fundamental; basic
  • adjective Implicit; not immediately obvious; requiring careful scrutiny to discover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective lying underneath
  • adjective basic or fundamental
  • adjective implicit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective located beneath or below
  • adjective being or involving basic facts or principles
  • adjective in the nature of something though not readily apparent


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