• (British) IPA: /dɪˈɹɪvətɪv/


  1. Obtained by derivation; not radical, original, or fundamental.
    a derivative conveyance; a derivative word
  2. Imitative of the work of someone else.
  3. (legal, copyright) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions.
  4. (finance) Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value.
  5. Lacking originality.
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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 (the slope at a certain point on some curve f(x))
    The derivative of f:f(x) = x^2 is f':f'(x) = 2x
  6. (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 f'(3) = 2 * 3 = 6.
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