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1 underlying

In the nature of something though not readily apparent:
— An underlying meaning.

synonyms: implicit in, inherent.

2 underlying

Located beneath or below.

3 underlying

Being or involving basic facts or principles:
— Underlying principles.

synonyms: fundamental, rudimentary.

Moby thesaurus: ab ovo, basal, basic, basilar, between the lines, bottom, cardinal, constituent, constitutive, covert, critical, crucial, cryptic, delitescent, dormant, elemental, elementary, esoteric, essential, foundational ... show more.

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1 underlie

Be or form the base for.

Roget 207: be low etc. adj.; lie low, lie flat; underlie; crouch, slouch, wallow, grovel; lower etc. (depress) 308.    ... show more

Roget 526: be latent etc. adj.; lurk, smolder, underlie, make no sign; escape observation, escape detection, escape recognition; lie hid etc. 528.    laugh in one's sleeve; ... show more

2 underlie

Lie underneath.

Moby thesaurus: afford support, back, back up, be latent, bear, bear up, bed on, bolster, bolster up, bottom on, brace, build on, buoy up, buttress, carry, couch, cradle, crawl, crouch, crutch ... show more.

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