What does the word underlie mean?

Usage examples for underlie

  1. The reader may perhaps be surprised to see with how much vigour and boldness the grave questions which underlie all polity, were handled so many years before the days of Russell and Sidney, of Montesquieu and Locke, Franklin, Jefferson, Rousseau, and Voltaire; and he may be even more astonished to find exceedingly democratic doctrines propounded, if not believed in, by trained statesmen of the Elizabethan school. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  2. A preface I wrote for the second edition- the first 5, 000 copies being insufficient for the requirements of the schools- will give some idea of the plan of the work:-" In writing this little book, I have aimed less at symmetrical perfection than at simplicity of diction, and such arrangement as would lead from the known to the unknown, by which the older children in our public schools might learn not only the actual facts about the laws they live under, but also some of the principles which underlie all law." – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  3. It is the same sort of fallacy which we found to underlie the simple conversion of an A proposition. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock