derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv /

adjective

not original; secondary.

noun


Nearby words

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

Origin of derivative

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

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British Dictionary definitions for derivative

derivative

/ (dɪˈrɪvətɪv) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsderivatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for derivative

derivative

early 15c. (adj.); mid-15c. (n.), from Middle French dérivatif (15c.), from Late Latin derivat-, past participle stem of Latin derivare (see derive). Mathematical sense is from 1670s.

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Medicine definitions for derivative

derivative

[ dĭ-rĭvə-tĭv ]

n.

Something obtained or produced by modification of something else.
A chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps.

adj.

Resulting from, characterized by, or employing derivation.

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Science 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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