underlying

underlying
underlying un`der*ly"ing, a. 1. Lying under or beneath; as, the underlying strata of a locality. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Fundamental; basic; as, underlying principles; underlying causes. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. Implicit; not immediately obvious; requiring careful scrutiny to discover; as, the underlying sarcasm in her seemingly innocuous remark.. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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