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derivative

adjective

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taken or created from something original or basic
  • a derivative style taken from earlier painters

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derivative

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something that naturally develops or is developed from something else
  • the whole field of industrial robots is a derivative of technology developed for the space program

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“Derivative.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/derivative. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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