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English adjective: derivative

1. derivative resulting from or employing derivation

SamplesA derivative process.
A highly derivative prose style.



English noun: derivative

1. derivative (cognition) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

Synonymsderived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative

Broader (hypernym)calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning

Narrower (hyponym)curvature, partial, partial derivative

2. derivative (substance) a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound

Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

3. derivative (communication) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

Synonymsderivative instrument

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Narrower (hyponym)futures contract, option

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. derivative (communication) (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

Samples`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'.

Broader (hypernym)word

Domain categorylinguistics

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