Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English


/ dɪˈrɪvətɪv; NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun

a word or thing that has been developed or produced from another word or thing :

'Happiness' is a derivative of 'happy'.

Crack is a highly potent and addictive derivative of cocaine.

■ adjective

(usually disapproving ) copied from sth else; not having new or original ideas :

a derivative design / style



late Middle English (in the adjective sense having the power to draw off , and in the noun sense a word derived from another ): from French dérivatif , -ive , from Latin derivativus , from derivare , from de- down, away + rivus brook, stream.

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