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 : a word formed by derivation
2 : something derived
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 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 : 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 in a sentence
The word “childish” is a derivative of “child.”
Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.
Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.
15th Century
First Known Use of derivative
15th century
derivative
Simple Definition of derivative

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

: formed from another word
Full Definition of derivative
1 : formed by derivation <a derivative word>
2 : made up of or marked by derived elements
3 : lacking originality : banal
Examples of derivative in a sentence
A number of critics found the film derivative and predictable.
His style seems too derivative of Hemingway.
Circa 1530
First Known Use of derivative
circa 1530
DERIVATIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of derivative for Students
1 : a word formed from an earlier word or root <The word “Childhood” is a derivative of “child.”>
2 : something that is formed from something else <Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum.>
Definition of derivative for Students
: formed from something else <a derivative product>
Law Dictionary
Legal Definition of derivative
: 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)
Additional Notes on derivative
Derivatives often take the form of customized contracts transacted outside of security exchanges, while other contracts, such as standard index options and futures, are openly traded on such exchanges. Derivatives often involve a forward contract.
derivative
Legal Definition of derivative
1 : arising out of or dependent on the existence of something else — compare direct
2 : of, relating to, or being a derivative <a derivative transaction>
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