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derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv /
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adjective
not original; secondary.
noun
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Sometimes der·i·vate [der-uh-veyt] /ˈdɛr əˌveɪt/ .

Origin of derivative

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English derivatif, from Late Latin dērīvātīvus, equivalent to Latin dērīvāt(us) (see derivation) + -īvus suffix; see -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for derivative

derivative
/ (dɪˈrɪvətɪv) /

adjective
noun

Derived forms of derivative

derivatively, adverb
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Scientific definitions for derivative

derivative
[ dĭ-rĭvə-tĭv ]

In calculus, the slope of the tangent line to a curve at a particular point on the curve. Since a curve represents a function, its derivative can also be thought of as the rate of change of the corresponding function at the given point. Derivatives are computed using differentiation.
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