Derivative (adjective, noun)
2. not original; secondary.
3. something derived.
4. Also called derived form. Grammar. a form that has undergone derivation from another, as atomic from atom.
5. Chemistry. a substance or compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another substance or compound.
6. Also called differential quotient; especially British, differential coefficient. Mathematics. the limit of the ratio of the increment of a function to the increment of a variable in it, as the latter tends to 0; the instantaneous change of one quantity with respect to another, as velocity, which is the instantaneous change of distance with respect to time. Compare first derivative, second derivative.
7. a financial contract whose value derives from the value of underlying stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, etc.
OTHER WORDS FROM DERIVATIVE
non·de·riv·a·tive, adjective, noun
WORDS RELATED TO DERIVATIVE
by-product, subordinate, cognate, secondary, outgrowth, offshoot, spin-off, wave, acquired, ancestral, hereditary, imitative, inferential, secondhand, unoriginal, connate, inferred, copied, caused, evolved
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Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English derivatif < Late Latin derivativus, equivalent to Latin derivat ( us ) (see derivation) + -ivus -ive
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DERIVATIVE
Of course these are derivative, too, almost as though Serra were his own pupil, or a forger of his own pieces.
IRON MAN XVII|BLAKE GOPNIK|JANUARY 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The new idea of making the said Dorito shell spicier and adding a splash of lime is derivative at best.
IS AMERICA OUT OF IDEAS?|DANIEL GROSS|AUGUST 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Some of those owners are outside your country, so you don't even get derivative benefits.
ROGOFF AND REINHART RESPOND|MEGAN MCARDLE|APRIL 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Senate race, and why derivative swap trading is regulated by the House Agricultural committee.
ARE YOU A POLITICAL JUNKIE? THEN WATCH THIS|JUSTIN GREEN|MARCH 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Entrant hereby waives any and all moral rights that exist in the Video Entry and any derivative works made therefrom.
OFFICIAL RULES OF THE IMAX® AWARD CONTEST—DEADLINE EXTENDED||OCTOBER 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is a derivative from the words Algonquin, and Akee, earth, or land.
THE INDIAN IN HIS WIGWAM|HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT
One could thus fully realise the fact that the moon's light is only derivative.
VOLCANOES: PAST AND PRESENT|EDWARD HULL
Many men require further special proofs of the derivative origin of organic forms.
EVOLUTION|JOSEPH LE CONTE
The Greek and Hebrew being original languages, can be acquired in much less time than the Latin, which is a derivative language.
COTTON IS KING AND THE PRO-SLAVERY ARGUMENTS|VARIOUS
The word "spirits" here designates a derivative of the outer air crudely mingled with the blood.
HARVEY'S VIEWS ON THE USE OF THE CIRCULATION OF THE BLOOD|JOHN G. CURTIS