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underlying

adjective [before noun] (NOT OBVIOUS)    /ˌʌn.dəˈlaɪ.ɪŋ/ US  /-dɚ-/
C2 real but not immediately obvious: And what might be the underlying significance of these supposedly random acts?Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of underlying adjective (NOT OBVIOUS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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