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# derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]

/ dÉŖĖrÉŖv É tÉŖv /

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adjective

not original; secondary.

noun

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Sometimes derĀ·iĀ·vate [der-uh-veyt] /ĖdÉr ÉĖveÉŖt/ .

## Origin of derivative

First recorded in 1400ā50; late Middle English derivatif, from Late Latin dÄrÄ«vÄtÄ«vus, equivalent to Latin dÄrÄ«vÄt(us) (see derivation) + -Ä«vus suffix; see -ive

## OTHER WORDS FROM derivative

## Words nearby derivative

derision, derisive, derisory, deriv., derivation, derivative, derive, derived, derived curve, derived fossil, derived unit

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## How to use derivative in a sentence

## British Dictionary definitions for derivative

derivative

/ (dÉŖĖrÉŖvÉtÉŖv) /

adjective

noun

## Derived forms of derivative

derivatively, adverbCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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## Scientific definitions for derivative

derivative

[ dÄ-rÄvā²É-tÄv ]

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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