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derivative

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noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

Definition of derivative

  1. 1 linguistics :  a word formed from another word or base :  a word formed by derivation <“pointy,” “pointed,” and other derivatives of “point”>

  2. 2 :  something derived < … the sonata form (itself a derivative of opera) … — Kingsley Martin> <the name “Mia” is a derivative of “Maria”>

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 chemistry a :  a chemical substance related structurally to another substance and theoretically derivable from itb :  a substance that can be made from another substance <Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.> <soybean derivatives>

  5. 5 :  a contract or security (see security 3) that derives its value from that of an underlying asset (as another security) or from the value of a rate (as of interest or currency exchange) or index (see 1index 2d) of asset value (as a stock index)

Examples of derivative in a sentence

  1. The word childish is a derivative of child.

  2. Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.

  3. Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.

Origin and Etymology of derivative

see derive


First Known Use: 15th century


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derivative

adjective de·riv·a·tive

Definition of derivative

  1. 1 linguistics :  formed from another word or base :  formed by derivation <a derivative word>

  2. 2 :  having parts that originate from another source :  made up of or marked by derived elements <a derivative philosophy>

  3. 3 :  lacking originality :  banal <a derivative performance> <a film using a derivative plot device>

derivatively

adverb

derivativeness

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Examples of derivative in a sentence

  1. A number of critics found the film derivative and predictable.

  2. His style seems too derivative of Hemingway.

Origin and Etymology of derivative

see derive


First Known Use: circa 1530


DERIVATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

Definition of derivative for English Language Learners

  • : a word formed from another word

  • : something that comes from something else : a substance that is made from another substance


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derivative

adjective de·riv·a·tive

Definition of derivative for English Language Learners

  • : made up of parts from something else : not new or original

  • : formed from another word


DERIVATIVE Defined for Kids

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noun de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈri-və-tiv\

Definition of derivative for Students

  1. 1 :  a word formed from an earlier word or root <The word “Childhood” is a derivative of “child.”>

  2. 2 :  something that is formed from something else <Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum.>


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derivative

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adjective de·riv·a·tive

Definition of derivative for Students

  1. :  formed from something else <a derivative product>

derivatively

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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derivative

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adjective de·riv·a·tive \di-ˈriv-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of derivative

  1. 1:  formed by derivation

  2. 2:  made up of or marked by derived elements


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derivative

noun de·riv·a·tive

Medical Definition of derivative

  1. 1:  something that is obtained from, grows out of, or results from an earlier or more fundamental state or condition

  2. 2a:  a chemical substance related structurally to another substance and theoretically derivable from itb:  a substance that can be made from another substance


Law Dictionary

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noun de·riv·a·tive \də-ˈri-və-tiv\

Legal Definition of derivative

  1. :  a contract or security that derives its value from that of an underlying asset (as another security) or from the value of a rate (as of interest or currency exchange) or index of asset value (as a stock index)

Additional Notes on derivative

Derivatives often take the form of customized contracts transacted outside of security exchanges, while other contracts, such as standard index options and futures, are openly traded on such exchanges. Derivatives often involve a forward contract.


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derivative

adjective de·riv·a·tive

Legal Definition of derivative

  1. 1 :  arising out of or dependent on the existence of something else — compare direct

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a derivative <a derivative transaction>

derivatively

adverb


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