Definition of derivative
1 linguistics : a word formed from another word or base : a word formed by derivation <“pointy,” “pointed,” and other derivatives of “point”>
2 : something derived < … the sonata form (itself a derivative of opera) … — Kingsley Martin> <the name “Mia” is a derivative of “Maria”>
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 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 : 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 ^{1}index 2d) of asset value (as a stock index)
Examples of derivative in a sentence
The word “childish” is a derivative of “child.”
Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.
Petroleum is a derivative of coal tar.
Origin and Etymology of derivative
see derive
First Known Use: 15th century
derivative
Definition of derivative
1 linguistics : formed from another word or base : formed by derivation <a derivative word>
2 : having parts that originate from another source : made up of or marked by derived elements <a derivative philosophy>
3 : lacking originality : banal <a derivative performance> <a film using a derivative plot device>
derivatively
adverbderivativeness
nounExamples of derivative in a sentence
A number of critics found the film derivative and predictable.
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
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
derivative
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
Definition of derivative for Students
1 : a word formed from an earlier word or root <The word “Childhood” is a derivative of “child.”>
2 : something that is formed from something else <Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum.>
Definition of derivative for Students
: formed from something else <a derivative product>
derivatively
adverbMedical Dictionary
Medical Definition of derivative
1: formed by derivation
2: made up of or marked by derived elements
derivative
Medical Definition of derivative
1: something that is obtained from, grows out of, or results from an earlier or more fundamental state or condition
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
Legal Definition of derivative
: 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.
derivative
Legal Definition of derivative
1 : arising out of or dependent on the existence of something else — compare direct
2 : of, relating to, or being a derivative <a derivative transaction>
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