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derivative

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of derivative

  1. taken or created from something original or basic <a derivative style that she took from earlier and better painters> Synonyms secondary, secondhandRelated Words unoriginal; consequent, resultantNear Antonyms fundamental, nonderivative; first, primaryAntonyms basic, original




derivative

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of derivative

  1. something that naturally develops or is developed from something else <the whole field of industrial robots is a derivative of technology developed for the space program> Synonyms by-product, derivate, derivation, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off Related Words descendant (also descendent); aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, fruit, growth, issue, outcome, product, result, sequel, sequence, upshot; denouement (also dénouement), repercussion; aftereffect, side effect (also side reaction); copy, duplicate, facsimile, replica, reproduction Near Antonyms archetype, original, prototype; antecedent, cause, determinant, occasion, reason Antonyms origin, root, source





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