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1. Located beneath or below; underlying.
2. Lying at a lower level but not directly beneath.

[Latin subiacēns, subiacent-, present participle of subiacēre, to lie beneath : sub-, sub- + iacēre, to lie; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·ja′cen·cy n.


1. forming a foundation; underlying
2. lower than though not directly below: tall peaks and their subjacent valley.
[C16: from Latin subjacēre to lie close, adjoin, be under, from sub- + jacēre to lie]
subˈjacency n
subˈjacently adv


(sʌbˈdʒeɪ sənt)

1. situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
2. forming a basis.
3. lower than but not directly under something.
[1590–1600; < Latin subjacent-, s. of subjacēns, present participle of subjacēre to underlie =sub- sub- + jacēre to lie; see -ent]
sub•ja′cen•cy, n.
sub•ja′cent•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.subjacent - lying nearby but lower; "hills and subjacent valleys"
superjacent - lying immediately above or on something else
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