Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English


adj. & n.

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


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.

Etymology: F d{eacute}rivatif -ive f. L derivativus (as DERIVE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.