Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English


adj. & n.

adj. derived from another source; not original (his music is derivative and uninteresting).

n. 1 something derived from another source, esp.: a a word derived from another or from a root (e.g. quickly from quick). b Chem. a chemical compound that is derived from another. 2 Math. a quantity measuring the rate of change of another. derivatively adv.

[ F dérivatif -ive f. L derivativus (as DERIVE) ]

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