Definition of derivation
1 linguistics a (1) : 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.” (2) : an act of ascertaining or stating the derivation of a word (3) : etymology 1 research into the derivation of “Yankee”b : the relation of a word to its base or root (see 1root 6)
3 : something that originates from something else : something derived : derivative more like an exact copy than a derivation
4 : an act or process of deriving debating the possible derivation of birds from dinosaurs
5 logic : a sequence of statements showing that a result is a necessary consequence of previously accepted statements
derivationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of derivation in a Sentence
He is doing research into the derivation of “Yankee.”
“Childish” was formed by derivation from “child.”
Scientists are debating the possible derivation of birds from dinosaurs.
Recent Examples of derivation from the Web
The engine in the 570S is a derivation of the powerplant used in every McLaren street car, a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V8.
In this case, the maximum jumping distance happens for a launch angle of 45° (here is a quick derivation of the max range) –
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Origin and Etymology of derivation
First Known Use: 15th century
DERIVATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of derivation for English Language Learners
: the origin of a word
: the act of forming a word from another word
: the source or origin of something
DERIVATION Defined for Kids
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