Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English



Pronunciation: di- ' ri-v ə -tiv

Function: noun

Date: 15th century

1 : a word formed by derivation

2 : something derived

3 : the limit of the ratio of the change in a function to the corresponding change in its independent variable as the latter change approaches zero

4 a : a chemical substance related structurally to another substance and theoretically derivable from it b : a substance that can be made from another substance

5 : a contract or security that derives its value from that of an underlying asset (as another security) or from the value of a rate (as of interest or currency exchange) or index of asset value (as a stock index)

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