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Meaning of derived by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈɹaɪvd/


    derived ( comparative more derived, superlative most derived )

    1. ( systematics ) Of, or pertaining to, conditions unique to the descendant species of a clade, and not found in earlier ancestral species .
    2. ( systematics, comparable, archaic ) Possessing features believed to be more advanced or improved than those other organisms .
    3. product of derivation
      The French language is derived from Latin .

    Usage notes

    Modern systematics proscribes use of derived to mean "advanced", preferring to use derived to simply mean "changed from the ancestral state" without an evaluation of quality .

    See also

    • apomorphy

Explanation of derived by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. formed or developed from something else

    2. the belief that classes and organizations are secondary and derived- John Dewey