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derivative

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noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

Simple Definition of derivative

  • : a word formed from another word

  • : something that comes from something else : a substance that is made from another substance

Full Definition of derivative

  1. 1 :  a word formed by derivation

  2. 2 :  something derived

  3. 3 :  the limit of the ratio of the change in a function to the corresponding change in its independent variable as the latter change approaches zero

  4. 4 a :  a chemical substance related structurally to another substance and theoretically derivable from it b :  a substance that can be made from another substance

  5. 5 :  a contract or security that derives its value from that of an underlying asset (as another security) or from the value of a rate (as of interest or currency exchange) or index of asset value (as a stock index)

Examples of derivative

  1. The word childish is a derivative of child.

  2. Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.

  3. Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.



15th Century

First Known Use of derivative

15th century


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derivative

adjective de·riv·a·tive

Simple Definition of derivative

  • : made up of parts from something else : not new or original

  • : formed from another word

Full Definition of derivative

  1. 1 :  formed by derivation <a derivative word>

  2. 2 :  made up of or marked by derived elements

  3. 3 :  lacking originality :  banal

de·riv·a·tive·ly adverb
de·riv·a·tive·ness noun

Examples of derivative

  1. A number of critics found the film derivative and predictable.

  2. His style seems too derivative of Hemingway.



Circa 1530

First Known Use of derivative

circa 1530


DERIVATIVE Defined for Kids

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derivative

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noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

Definition of derivative

  1. 1 :  a word formed from an earlier word or root <The word “Childhood” is a derivative of “child.”>

  2. 2 :  something that is formed from something else <Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum.>




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derivative

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adjective de·riv·a·tive

Definition of derivative

  1. :  formed from something else <a derivative product>

de·riv·a·tive·ly adverb




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