1 To stop a problem you have to understand its underlying causes.
2 There was an underlying current of discontent among teachers.
3 Despite this month's disappointing figures, the underlying trend is healthy.
4 Analysis isolates possible patterns of error which indicate underlying causes.
5 Even so, the underlying trend is positive.
6 Some of the reported difference in rates of metabolism could relate to the severity of the underlying colitis.
7 The underlying theme of the novel is very serious.
8 The bald statistics tell us nothing about the underlying trends.
9 We face a combination of changes in underlying conditions not seen in almost a century.
10 In our hearts we really should realize that the major underlying cause of this predicament is the American lifestyle, our excessive, wasteful habits.
11 The underlying objective is to make international commerce easier and cheaper and to boost incomes around the world.