partial derivative


: the derivative of a function of several variables with respect to one of them and with the remaining variables treated as constants

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Recent Examples on the Web This is defined as the partial derivative of the option price with respect to the stock price. William Baldwin, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of partial derivative was in 1889

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“Partial derivative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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