: the formation of a word from another word or base (as by the addition of a usually noninflectional affix)
- "Strategize" was formed by derivation from "strategy."
: an act of ascertaining or stating the derivation of a word
: etymology 1
- research into the derivation of "Yankee"
: the relation of a word to its base or root (see 1root 6)
: something that originates from something else : something derived : derivative
- more like an exact copy than a derivation
: an act or process of deriving
- debating the possible derivation of birds from dinosaurs
: a sequence of statements showing that a result is a necessary consequence of previously accepted statements
… subjects' ability to auditorily recognize the correct form of derivational relationships where consonant and vowel alternation occurs.
—Robert A. Barganz
derivationally related words