Definition - underlying

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underlying
  1. located beneath or below
  2. be or form the base for
  3. lie underneath
  4. in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
  5. being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles"