derivation

noun der·i·va·tion \ ˌder-ə-ˈvā-shən , ˌde-rə- \

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)
2 a : source, origin
  • foods of French derivation
b : descent, origination
  • derivation from royal ancestors
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

derivational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective
    • … subjects' ability to auditorily recognize the correct form of derivational relationships where consonant and vowel alternation occurs.
    • —Robert A. Barganz

derivationally

adverb
    • derivationally related words

Examples of derivation in a Sentence

  1. He is doing research into the derivation of “Yankee.”

  2. “Childish” was formed by derivation from “child.”

  3. Scientists are debating the possible derivation of birds from dinosaurs.

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Origin and Etymology of derivation

see derive

DERIVATION Defined for English Language Learners

derivation

noun

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

derivation

noun der·i·va·tion \ ˌder-ə-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of derivation for Students

1 : the formation of a word from an earlier word or root
2 : etymology
3 : origin 1, source
  • She enjoys foods of Mexican derivation.
4 : an act or process by which one thing is formed from another


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