Share this entry
subjacent Line breaks: sub|jacent
Pronunciation: /səbˈdʒeɪs(ə)nt/

Definition of subjacent in English:


Situated below something else.
Example sentences
  • At 187 m, a thin bed of iron-stained quartz sandstone drapes across an irregular surface cut into oolitic dolomitic grainstones that represent the latest phase of the subjacent shallowing record.
  • Recent studies proposed that the Cretan detachment is a shallowly north-dipping normal fault, which formed subparallel to the subjacent subduction thrust in the Early Miocene.
  • Viral antigen extended, in a time-dependent fashion, from nasal epithelium into the subjacent lamina propria and along olfactory nerves in cells interpreted to be perineural fibroblasts.


Example sentences
  • Further evidence in favour of the variable analysis comes from the fact that the distribution of null objects is sensitive to subjacency.
  • In this paper, we take a similar approach to one of the classic linguistic universals: subjacency.


Late 16th century: from Latin subjacent- 'lying underneath', from sub- 'under' + jacere 'to lie'.

Definition of subjacent in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources