[ suhb-jey-suh nt ]
/ sʌbˈdʒeɪ sənt /


situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
forming a basis.
lower than but not directly under something.


Nearby words

  1. subinvolution,
  2. subirrigate,
  3. subitize,
  4. subito,
  5. subj.,
  6. subject,
  7. subject catalog,
  8. subject catalogue,
  9. subject complement,
  10. subject matter

Origin of subjacent

1590–1600; < Latin subjacent- (stem of subjacēns), present participle of subjacēre to underlie, equivalent to sub- sub- + jac(ēre) to lie + -ent- -ent

Related formssub·ja·cen·cy, nounsub·ja·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subjacent


/ (sʌbˈdʒeɪsənt) /


forming a foundation; underlying
lower than though not directly belowtall peaks and their subjacent valley
Derived Formssubjacency, nounsubjacently, adverb

Word Origin for subjacent

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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Medicine definitions for subjacent


[ sŭb-jāsənt ]


Below or beneath another part.
Related formssub•jacen•cy n.

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