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Pronunciation:  di'rivutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
  2. [n]  (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
  3. [n]  a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
  4. [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
  1. \De*riv"a*tive\, a. [L. derivativus: cf. F.
    Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or
    fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something
    else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative
    {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.
  2. \De*riv"a*tive\, n.
    1. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from
    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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