Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb underlie

2 senses of underlie

Sense 1
underlie -- (be or form the base for)
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 2
underlie -- (lie underneath)
       => lie -- (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Antonyms of adj underlying

3 senses of underlying

Sense 1
implicit in (predicate), inherent, underlying -- (in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning")

INDIRECT (VIA implicit) -> explicit, expressed -- (precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes")

Sense 2
underlying -- (located beneath or below)

INDIRECT (VIA subjacent) -> superjacent -- (lying immediately above or on something else)

Sense 3
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying -- (being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles")

INDIRECT (VIA basic) -> incidental, incident -- ((sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; "incidental expenses"; "the road will bring other incidental advantages"; "extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion incidental to a quick change")

Similarity of adj underlying

3 senses of underlying

Sense 1
implicit in (predicate), inherent, underlying -- (in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning")
       => implicit (vs. explicit), inexplicit -- (implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something; "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")

Sense 2
underlying -- (located beneath or below)
       => subjacent (vs. superjacent) -- (lying nearby but lower; "hills and subjacent valleys")

Sense 3
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying -- (being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles")
       => basic (vs. incidental) -- (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities")

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