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Meaning of derivative by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from French dérivatif and Latin derivatus; see derive .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈɹɪvətɪv/


    derivative ( comparative more derivative, superlative most derivative )

    1. Imitative of the work of someone else .
    2. ( law, copyright law ) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions .
    3. ( finance ) Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value .
    4. Lacking originality .


    derivative ( plural: derivatives )

    1. Something derived .
    2. ( linguistics ) A word that derives from another one .
    3. ( finance ) A financial instrument whose value depends on the valuation of an underlying asset; such as a warrant, an option etc .
    4. ( chemistry ) A chemical derived from another .
    5. ( calculus ) The derived function of a function .
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    6. ( calculus ) The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable .
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Explanation of derivative by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. resulting from or employing derivation

    2. a derivative process
      a highly derivative prose style
    1. the result of mathematical differentiation

    2. a word that is derived from another word

    3. `electricity' is a derivative of `electric'
    4. a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

    5. a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound

    Definition of derivative by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Derivative a. [L. derivativus: cf. F. dérivatif.] Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, “a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.”

      2. Hence, unoriginal ( said of art or other intellectual products.

      Derivative circulation, a modification of the circulation found in some parts of the body, in which the arteries empty directly into the veins without the interposition of capillaries. Flint.

      -- Derivatively, adv. -- Derivativeness, n.

    2. Derivative, n.
      1. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.

      2. ( Gram. ) 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.

      3. ( Mus. ) 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.

      4. ( Med. ) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation ( in the medical sense ).

      5. ( Math. ) A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.

      ☞ Except in the mode of derivation the derivative is the same as the differential coefficient. See Differential coefficient, under Differential.

      6. ( Chem. ) A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; “derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.”