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Dictionary definition for: Underlying

1. (s) in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach" "an underlying meaning"

2. (s) located beneath or below

3. (s) being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe" "a fundamental incompatibility between them" "these rudimentary truths" "underlying principles"

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