Definition and Meanings for derivative

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Derivative is ranked 20,230 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of derivative

adjective, adverb, noun

Etymology of derivative

l. derivativus: cf. f. d

Meaning of derivative


as adjective

  • obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
  • hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products.

as adverb, noun


    as noun

    • that which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
    • a word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.
    • a chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.
    • an agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).
    • a derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
    • a substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.
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