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non·​de·​riv·​a·​tive ˌnän-di-ˈri-və-tiv How to pronounce nonderivative (audio)
: not derivative
… sought to emancipate American art and literature from British authority by calling for nonderivative works that would be commensurate with the spirit and grandeur of the new land.Robert Bernard Hass
: not of, relating to, or being a derivative
nonderivative securities


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: something that is not a derivative
The fixed income maturity group spans all types of loans, but also cash and corporate bonds, time deposits, mortgages and all traded nonderivatives.Willi Brammertz et al.

Word History

First Known Use


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonderivative was in 1849

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“Nonderivative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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