- 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.”
- to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
Origin of derive
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Examples from the Web for derivable
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.Introduction to Robert 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
The Rhinoceroses also would seem to be derivable from the Palaeotheriidae.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
- (usually foll by from) to draw or be drawn (from) in source or origin; trace or be traced
- (tr) to obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
- (tr) 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
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.
- To obtain or receive from a source.
- To produce or obtain a chemical compound from another substance by chemical reaction.