Synonyms for underlying

Synonyms for (adjective) underlying

Synonyms: inherent, implicit in, underlying

Definition: in the nature of something though not readily apparent

Usage: shortcomings inherent in our approach; an underlying meaning

Similar words: implicit, inexplicit

Definition: implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something

Usage: 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


Synonyms: fundamental, rudimentary, underlying

Definition: being or involving basic facts or principles

Usage: the fundamental laws of the universe; a fundamental incomatibility between them; these rudimentary truths; underlying principles

Similar words: basic

Definition: pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

Usage: a basic fact; the basic ingredients; basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities


Synonyms: underlying

Definition: located beneath or below

Similar words: subjacent

Definition: lying nearby but lower

Usage: hills and subjacent valleys