Meaning of DERIVATIVE
Pronunciation:   di'rivutiv



WordNet Dictionary 

 Definition:  
 [n] the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
 [n] (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
 [n] a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
 [adj] resulting from or employing derivation; "a derivative process"; "a highly derivative prose style"


DERIVATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with D. 
 Synonyms:   derivative instrument, derived, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative 

 See Also:   calculation, computation, curvature, figuring, futures contract, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document, option, reckoning, word  
Webster's 1913 Dictionary 

 Definition:  
\De*riv"a*tive\, a. [L. derivativus: cf. F.
d['e]rivatif.]
Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or
fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something
else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative
word.
{Derivative circulation}, a modification of the circulation
found in some parts of the body, in which the arteries
empty directly into the veins without the interposition of
capillaries. Flint.  {De*riv"a*tive*ly}, adv. 
{De*riv"a*tive*ness}, n.
\De*riv"a*tive\, n.
1. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from
another.
2. (Gram.) 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.
3. (Mus.) 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.
4. (Med.) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation
(in the medical sense).
5. (Math.) A derived function; a function obtained from a
given function by a certain algebraic process.
Note: Except in the mode of derivation the derivative is the
same as the differential coefficient. See {Differential
coefficient}, under {Differential}.
6. (Chem.) 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.


Medical Dictionary 

 Definition:   In chemistry, a compound produced from or related to another. 

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