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1derivative

noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

: a word formed from another word

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

Full Definition of DERIVATIVE

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:  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
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:  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.

First Known Use of DERIVATIVE

15th century

2derivative

adjective

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

: formed from another word

Full Definition of DERIVATIVE

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:  formed by derivation <a derivative word>
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:  made up of or marked by derived elements
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:  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.

First Known Use of DERIVATIVE

circa 1530

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