- development of a theorem.
- differentiation (def. 2).
- the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base, thereby assigning the result to a form class that may undergo further inflection or participate in different syntactic constructions, as in forming service from serve, song from sing, and hardness from hard (contrasted with inflection).
- the systematic description of such processes in a given language.
- a set of forms, including the initial form, intermediate forms, and final form, showing the successive stages in the generation of a sentence as the rules of a generative grammar are applied to it.
- the process by which such a set of forms is derived.
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Origin of derivation
OTHER WORDS FROM derivationder·i·va·tion·al, adjectiveder·i·va·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·der·i·va·tion, noun
Words nearby derivation
Example sentences from the Web for derivation
The French adopt the same derivation, calling it "asbeste" (minèral filamenteux et incombustible).Asbestos|Robert H. Jones
Its similarity with the numerous derivatives of the verb damno have probably obscured the true derivation of the word.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
His method is hence inductive,--the derivation of certain principles from a sum of given facts and phenomena.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
In a word, the term contains a series of expressive innuendos by its etymological derivation.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Another etymological example sometimes cited is the derivation of the English uncle from the Latin avus.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
British Dictionary definitions for derivation
- the process of deducing a mathematical theorem, formula, etc, as a necessary consequence of a set of accepted statements
- this sequence of statements
- the operation of finding a derivative