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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. 1. Relating to or producing derivation. 2. An agent which effects derivation.
  15. Derived, or taken from something else: not radical or original.
  16. That which is derived: a word taken or formed from another word.
  17. DERIVATIVELY.
  18. Derived.
  19. Something derived.
  20. Of or pertaining to derivation; derived.
  21. That which is derived; a word derived from another.
  22. Derived; proceeding from another or something preceding; secondary.
  23. 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.
  24. Taken or formed from an other; secondary.
  25. A word formed from another word, or which takes its origin from a root; not fundamental.
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Quotes of derivative

  1. Actually, I take it as a compliment. Diva is a derivative of divine. That's quite a title to carry around. – Calista Flockhart
  2. It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. I believe that writing is derivative I think good writing comes from good reading. – Charles Kuralt
  4. My first two books are out of print and, okay, they can sleep there comfortably. It's early work, derivative work. – Mary Oliver
  5. At the same time, much of it seems to have to do with recreating things we or others had already done; it seems rather derivative intellectually; is there a dearth of really new ideas? – Dennis Ritchie
  6. I really enjoyed the sort of real crazy, eclectic layering stuff and how it all worked together. I could tell it was some of it was derivative of something. I could tell that certain things were being looped around and I just really enjoyed the way that it all came together. – Eric San
  7. I guess after Dances With Wolves they probably tried some derivative westerns, and if they didn't work, they said the western is dead and moved on to something else. – Tom Selleck
  8. I'm starting to feel like so much of rock music is derivative and boring. – Mary Timony

Usage examples for derivative

  1. Our very verbal definition, admitting as it does " derivative creation, implies this. – Creation and Its Records by B.H. Baden-Powell
  2. Thus, it is not the intent of this section to claim rights or contest your rights to work written entirely by you; rather, the intent is to exercise the right to control the distribution of derivative or collective works based on the Program. – Debian GNU/Linux: Guide to Installation and Usage by John Goerzen and Ossama Othman
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. That part of a derivative word attached to the root. – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  7. For the detail of the derivative forms, see Deutsche Grammatik, ii. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  8. Angular brackets, sculptured with knots, grotesque heads, and foliage, are affixed to the base of these derivative pillars. – Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2) by Dawson Turner
  9. We may therefore define the perspective to which a given particular belongs as " all particulars simultaneous with the given particular," where " simultaneous" is to be understood as a direct simple relation, not the derivative constructed relation of physics. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays 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
  11. It will, however, be advantageous, in a science which aims at tracing our acquired knowledge to its sources, that the inquirer should commence with the latter rather than with the earlier stages of the process of constructing our knowledge; and should trace derivative truths backward to the truths from which they are deduced, and on which they depend for their evidence, before attempting to point out the original spring from which both ultimately take their rise. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  12. 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
  13. In this relation, of course, the derivative truths of every deductive science must stand to the inductions, or assumptions, on which the science is founded, and which, whether true or untrue, certain or doubtful in themselves, are always supposed certain for the purposes of the particular science. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  14. The whole process is primary and actual, the abstracted phases are secondary and derivative – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  15. The use of equivocal and " derivative rimes as they are called in the Leys d'Amors is seen in the following Anglo- Norman stanzas. – The Troubadours by H.J. Chaytor
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. The existing system has been derived from the dependent, derivative authority of the Legislatures of the States, whereas this is derived from the superior power of the people. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis