Definitions of derivative

  1. resulting from or employing derivation; " a derivative process"; " a highly derivative prose style"
  2. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df( x)/ dx
  3. ( linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "` electricity' is a derivative of ` electric'"
  4. a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
  5. Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
  6. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation ( in the medical sense).
  10. A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
  11. 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.
  12. Obtained or taken from another; secondary.
  13. A word formed from another.
  14. Derived, or taken from something else: not radical or original.
  16. Something derived.
  17. Of or pertaining to derivation; derived.
  18. That which is derived; a word derived from another.
  19. Derived; proceeding from another or something preceding; secondary.
  20. That which is derived; a word which takes its origin in another word or formed from it; a chord not fundamental. A derivative chord, one derived from a fundamental chord. Derivative conveyances, secondary deeds, such as releases, surrenders, or consignments.
  21. Taken or formed from an other; secondary.
  22. A word formed from another word, or which takes its origin from a root; not fundamental.

Usage examples for derivative

  1. To describe a young poet's work as derivative is not the same thing as to condemn it. – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  2. And if by chance the English artist does occasionally escape from the vice of subject for subject's sake, he almost invariably slips into what I may called the derivative vices- exactness of costume, truth of effect and local colour. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  3. Such also is the belief in other people's minds: this belief is obviously derivative from our perception of their bodies, and is felt to demand logical justification as soon as we become aware of its derivativeness. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  4. To realise that the national idea in Ireland arouses an emotion, at once massive, intense, and enduring, is to understand many derivative riddles. – The Open Secret of Ireland by T. M. Kettle
  5. That part of a derivative word attached to the root. – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  6. Assuming the correctness of this explanation, it would follow that any change in the average is due to some change in the producing conditions; and this derivative law is applied as a help in the observation and explanation of social facts. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto
  7. Between which derivative kind of that article, as we may call it, and the other, the immediate kind, it would appear that you have absolutely to choose. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  8. And if species are developed in the same way in nature, a primitive stock and its modifications may, occasionally, all find the conditions fitted for their existence; and though they come into competition, to a certain extent, with one another, the derivative species may not necessarily extirpate the primitive one, or 'vice versa'. – A Critical Examination Of The Position Of Mr. Darwin's Work, "On The Origin Of Species," In Relation To The Complete Theory Of The Causes Of The Phenomena Of Organic Nature Lecture VI. (of VI.), Lectures To Working Men, at the Museum of Practical Geology, by Thomas H. Huxley
  9. Applying our distinction of " hard" and " soft" data to psychologically derivative but logically primitive beliefs, we shall find that most, if not all, are to be classed as soft data. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  10. Chiefly for the reason that " my labor" and " my skill" are not original, but derivative factors in production. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler