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linguistics : a word formed from another word or base : a word formed by derivation
"pointy," "pointed," and other derivatives of "point"
: something derived
… the sonata form (itself a derivative of opera) …—Kingsley Martin
the name "Mia" is a derivative of "Maria"
mathematics : 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
: a chemical substance related structurally to another substance and theoretically derivable from it
: a substance that can be made from another substance
Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.
: a contract or security (see security sense 3) that derives its value from that of an underlying asset (such as another security) or from the value of a rate (as of interest or currency exchange) or index (see index entry 1 sense 1b) of asset value (such as a stock index)
: having parts that originate from another source : made up of or marked by derived elements
a derivative philosophy
Noun The word “childish” is a derivative of “child.” Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives. Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar. Adjective A number of critics found the film derivative and predictable. His style seems too derivative of Hemingway.
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NounLa Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream $100 at Nordstrom$142 at Walmart$380 at Bloomingdale's You might not even believe that La Mer uses real sea kelp, instead of cooking up a derivative in a lab. —Kathleen Hou, ELLE, 3 Mar. 2023 This popular mask contains a natural derivative of BHA found in white willow bark extract, plus pomegranate enzymes to slough away dead skin cells. —Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Jan. 2023 Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which also includes retinal (or retinaldehyde), along with over-the-counter or prescription retinoids, like tretinoin. —Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Feb. 2023 Datalog is a derivative of Prolog, a programming language invented in 1972 by A.I. researchers interested in getting computers to understand French. —Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2020 Delta-8 THC, a hemp derivative, has been shown to reduce anxiety and tension while also relaxing people. —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Adding to the mix are coconut alkanes (a silicone alternative) for a smooth-as-heck feel and bisabolol (a chamomile derivative) to soothe skin, especially post-shaving. —Sarah Han And Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 28 Nov. 2022 That surge was due in part to an influx of fentanyl, the opium derivative as much as 100 times stronger than morphine. —Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 1 Nov. 2022 A year later, another derivative of hydrazine, iproniazid, was discovered that was equally successful at treating TB infection in mice but even more so in humans. —Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2016
AdjectiveThe works owned by NuScale Power, LLC may not be copied or used to create derivative works without NuScale’s express permission. —WIRED, 27 Feb. 2023 But trying to slap a cynical Trump-derivative bumper sticker on Tim Scott does him a disservice. —John Avlon, CNN, 26 Feb. 2023 With Kang, the danger was falling into another derivative time-travel multiverse villain. —Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2023 Otherwise this series is derivative and rather routine. —David L. Coddoncontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2023 Now, the Farm Bill of 2018 has made growing hemp as mainstream as farming corn and soybeans, as long as derivative products contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. —Jeanne Erdmann, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2019 Even though Vice Chancellor Laster allowed the lawsuit to go forward against Mr. Fairhurst, the judge has yet to decide whether shareholders have standing to bring the derivative lawsuit in the first place. —Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2023 And as more people are introduced to the game’s world, more fans are created, leading to more demand for derivative content. —J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Jan. 2023 With a slowdown in inflation buttressing speculation that the Federal Reserve is nearing the end of its interest-rate hikes, equity-derivative traders are expecting a break from the turmoil that kept racing through markets last year. —Elena Popina, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2023 See More
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