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un·der·ly·ing

 (ŭn′dər-lī′ĭng)
adj.
1. Lying under or beneath something: underlying strata.
2. Basic; fundamental: the underlying cause of the problem.
3. Present but not readily noticeable: an underlying meaning.
4. Taking precedence; prior: an underlying claim to compensation.

underlying

(ˌʌndəˈlaɪɪŋ)
adj
1. concealed but detectable: underlying guilt.
2. fundamental; basic
3. lying under
4. (Banking & Finance) finance (of a claim, liability, etc) taking precedence; prior

un•der•ly•ing

(ˈʌn dərˌlaɪ ɪŋ)

adj.
1. lying beneath something else, as a substratum.
2. fundamental; basic: the underlying cause.
3. discoverable only by close scrutiny or analysis; implicit.
4. (of a claim, mortgage, etc.) taking precedence; prior.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.underlying - in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
implicit, inexplicit - implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something; "an implicit agreement not to raise the subject"; "there was implicit criticism in his voice"; "anger was implicit in the argument"; "the oak is implicit in the acorn"
2.underlying - located beneath or belowunderlying - located beneath or below    
subjacent - lying nearby but lower; "hills and subjacent valleys"
3.underlying - being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles"
basic - pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"

underlying

adjective
1. fundamental, basic, essential, root, prime, primary, radical, elementary, intrinsic, basal To stop a problem you have to understand its underlying causes.
2. hidden, concealed, lurking, veiled, latent hills with the hard underlying rock poking through the turf

underlying

adjective
1. Arising from or going to the root or source:
2. Of or being an irreducible element:
Translations

underlying

[ˈʌndəˈlaɪɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= fundamental) [cause, theme] → subyacente
the underlying problem is thatel problema subyacente or de fondo es que ...
2. [rock, soil, bone] → subyacente
3. (Econ) [rate, inflation, trend] → subyacente

underlying

[ˌʌndərˈlaɪɪŋ] adj
[cause, problem, message] → sous-jacent(e)
[rock] → sous-jacent(e)

underlying

adj subyacente
References in classic literature ?
We do not know the inexorable law underlying coincidences.
On this plain, with its underlying red-clay beds, I imagine that the Indians manufactured their earthen vessels; and that, during some violent earthquake, the sea broke over the beach, and converted the plain into a temporary lake, as happened round Callao in
This strange blending of odours consisted of something faintly and unpleasantly aromatic, mixed with another underlying smell, so unutterably sickening that he threw open the window, and put his head out into the fresh air, unable to endure the horribly infected atmosphere for a moment longer.
Levin saw that there was an idea underlying this question with which he did not agree.
The many cases on record of a formation conformably covered, after an enormous interval of time, by another and later formation, without the underlying bed having suffered in the interval any wear and tear, seem explicable only on the view of the bottom of the sea not rarely lying for ages in an unaltered condition.
These specific limitations, it will be evident, are outgrowths of his great underlying deficiency--the deficiency in spiritual feeling and insight.
Very rarely, therefore, did any one seek the motives underlying his praiseworthy turn for thrift; for it pleased others, for the most part, to set it down to a not unnatural wish to increase the amount of the savings that were to render his old age comfortable.
Her strong black brows spoke of temper easily aroused and hard to quiet; her mouth was small, nervous and weak; there was something dangerous and sulky underlying, in her nature, much that was honest, compassionate, and even noble.
He said that he considered the principles underlying all volunteer service fundamentally wrong, and that it seemed to him that calling for volunteers reflected upon the courage and loyalty of the entire command.
In the same way, an underlying mockery impaired the attraction of his otherwise refined and gentle manner.
There was something underlying the charming expression and the fascinating manner which my instinct felt to be something wrong.
Impulsive he might be, enthusiastic, sensitive, with something sympathetic and adaptive in his disposition; but an observer of nature's tokens would have confidently pledged himself that there was native firmness and strength underlying his gentle, monk-bred ways.