Definitions of derivative

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