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  • Imitative of the work of someone else
  • (copyright law) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions
  • Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value
  • Lacking originality
  • Something based on another source.
  • A word that derives from another one.
  • A financial instrument whose value depends on the value of something else, such as warrants, options etc.
  • (chemistry) A chemical derived from another.
  • (calculus) The derived function of a function.
         The derivative of f(x) = x^2 is f'(x) = 2x
  • (calculus) The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable.
         The derivative of f(x) = x^2 at x = 3 is 6.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*riv"a*tive (?), 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.

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.

-- De*riv"a*tive*ly, adv. -- De*riv"a*tive*ness, n.

De*riv"a*tive, 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.

&fist; 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; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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