underlying

Definition of underlying

un`der`ly´ing
a.1.Lying under or beneath; as, the underlying strata of a locality.
2.Fundamental; basic; as, underlying principles; underlying causes.
3.Implicit; not immediately obvious; requiring careful scrutiny to discover; as, the underlying sarcasm in her seemingly innocuous remark..

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ab ovo, basal, basic, basilar, between the lines, bottom, cardinal, constituent, constitutive, covert, critical, crucial, cryptic, delitescent, dormant, elemental, elementary, esoteric, essential, foundational, fundamental, gut, hibernating, hidden, indispensable, latent, lurking, material, muffled, mystic, necessary, needful, obfuscated, obscured, occult, of the essence, original, possible, potential, primal, primary, primitive, radical, rudimentary, sleeping, submerged, substantial, substantive, under the surface, unmanifested, veiled, virtual, vital
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