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Definition of Derivative


  1. Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
  2. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
  3. A word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.
  4. A chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.
  5. An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).
  6. A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
  7. A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.

Derivative Quotations

It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that writing is derivative. I think good writing comes from good reading.
Charles Kuralt

Actually, I take it as a compliment. Diva is a derivative of divine. That's quite a title to carry around.
Calista Flockhart

Our influences are who we are. It's rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that's the problem with the bands I'm always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don't dilute their influences enough.
Eddie Vedder

A lot of songs are derivative of each other. Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you do to something that's slightly different in order to get inspiration.
Tori Amos
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Derivative Translations

derivative in German is Ableitung {f}
derivative in Italian is funzione, derivazione
derivative in Spanish is funcion
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