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derive

[dih-rahyv] /dɪˈraɪv/
verb (used with object), derived, deriving.
1.
to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).
2.
to trace from a source or origin:
English words derived from German.
3.
to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.
4.
Chemistry. to produce or obtain (a substance) from another.
5.
Grammar. to create (a new linguistic form) by adding affixes to or changing the shape of a root or base: The word “runner” is derived from “run.”.
verb (used without object), derived, deriving.
6.
to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
Origin of derive
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English diriven, deriven to flow, draw from, spring < Anglo-French, Old French deriver < Latin dērīvāre to lead off, equivalent to dē- de- + rīv(us) a stream + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
derivable, adjective
deriver, noun
nonderivable, adjective
prederive, verb (used with object), prederived, prederiving.
self-derived, adjective
underivable, adjective
well-derived, adjective
Synonyms
1. gain, attain, glean, gather, reap, net.
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Historical Examples
  • No satisfactory evidence on the point is derivable from published statistics.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • No such impression is derivable from the voluminous poetry of Browning.

  • On the contrary, “just powers” are recognized as derivable from the consent of the people.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Fire is not derivable from truth, nor is brimstone a stimulus to memory.

    My Path to Atheism Annie Besant
  • The Rhinoceroses also would seem to be derivable from the Palaeotheriidae.

  • So their history is now derivable from other sources, which, at best, are very meagre.

  • We will now ascertain what sanction to slavery is derivable from these terms.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Such a circumstance, if not derivable from the connotation, is called an Accident.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • That he wears a yellow robe is a proprium, derivable from the ceremonial of his court.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • But not translatable into any other form of energy because not derivable from any other form.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for derivable

derive

/dɪˈraɪv/
verb
1.
(usually foll by from) to draw or be drawn (from) in source or origin; trace or be traced
2.
(transitive) to obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
3.
(transitive) to trace the source or development of
4.
(usually foll by from) to produce or be produced (from) by a chemical reaction
5.
(maths) to obtain (a function) by differentiation
Derived Forms
derivable, adjective
deriver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French deriver to spring from, from Latin dērīvāre to draw off, from de- + rīvus a stream
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Word Origin and History for derivable

derive

v.

late 14c., from Old French deriver "to flow, pour out; derive, originate," from Latin derivare "to lead or draw off (a stream of water) from its source" (in Late Latin also "to derive"), from phrase de rivo (de "from" + rivus "stream;" see rivulet). Etymological sense is 1550s. Related: Derived; deriving.

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derivable in Medicine

derive de·rive (dĭ-rīv')
v. de·rived, de·riv·ing, de·rives

  1. To obtain or receive from a source.

  2. To produce or obtain a chemical compound from another substance by chemical reaction.

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