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[dih-rahyv] /dɪˈraɪv/
verb (used with object), derived, deriving.
to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).
to trace from a source or origin:
English words derived from German.
to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.
Chemistry. to produce or obtain (a substance) from another.
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.
to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
Origin of derive
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
1. gain, attain, glean, gather, reap, net. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for derivable
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


(usually foll by from) to draw or be drawn (from) in source or origin; trace or be traced
(transitive) to obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
(transitive) to trace the source or development of
(usually foll by from) to produce or be produced (from) by a chemical reaction
(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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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