Meaning of DERIVATIVE in English


noun that which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.

2. derivative ·noun an agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).

3. derivative ·noun a derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.

4. derivative ·noun a word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.

5. derivative ·noun a chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.

6. derivative ·adj obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.

7. derivative ·noun a substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, ·etc.

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