Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English


I. de ‧ riv ‧ a ‧ tive 1 AC /dɪˈrɪvətɪv/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ derive ; noun : ↑ derivative ]

1 . something that has developed or been produced from something else

derivative of

Heroin is a derivative of morphine.

2 . a type of financial ↑ investment :

the derivatives market

II. derivative 2 BrE AmE adjective

not new or invented, but copied or taken from something else – used to show disapproval:

a derivative text

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