- situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
- forming a basis.
- lower than but not directly under something.
Origin of subjacent
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Examples from the Web for subjacent
Now with a churn-staff, beat it till the thick substance just mentioned, be intimately blended with the subjacent fluid.
Their descendants gain the subjacent zone, and so the process goes on.The Industries of Animals
The subjacent cellular tissue was much distended with serum.
It was not formed by the disintegration of the subjacent rocks, but by aqueous transport.Cornwall
Is not this second infinite, so to speak, subjacent to the first?Les Misrables
- forming a foundation; underlying
- lower than though not directly belowtall peaks and their subjacent valley
C16: from Latin subjacēre to lie close, adjoin, be under, from sub- + jacēre to lie
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Word Origin and History for subjacent
1590s, from Latin subiacentem (nominative subiacens), present participle of subiacere "to lie underneath" (see subject (n.)).
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- Below or beneath another part.
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