[ der-uh-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛr əˈveɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. derisive,
  2. derisively,
  3. derisory,
  4. deriv.,
  5. derivate,
  6. derivative,
  7. derive,
  8. derived curve,
  9. derived form,
  10. derived fossil

Origin of derivation

1375–1425; late Middle English derivacioun < Latin dērīvātiōn- (stem of dērīvātiō) a turning away, equivalent to dērīvāt(us) (past participle of dērīvāre; see derive, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsder·i·va·tion·al, adjectiveder·i·va·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·der·i·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for derivation


/ (ˌdɛrɪˈveɪʃən) /


the act of deriving or state of being derived
the source, origin, or descent of something, such as a word
something derived; a derivative
  1. the process of deducing a mathematical theorem, formula, etc, as a necessary consequence of a set of accepted statements
  2. this sequence of statements
  3. the operation of finding a derivative
Derived Formsderivational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for derivation



early 15c., from Middle French dérivation (14c.), from Latin derivationem (nominative derivatio) "a leading off, turning away," noun of action from past participle stem of derivare (see derive). Grammatical sense is older; general meaning "origination, descent" is from c.1600.

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