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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•riv•a•tive /dɪˈrɪvətɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- not original;
coming from something earlier:His music was derivative and not innovative enough.
- something derived or developed from something else, such as a word that has come from another.
(di riv′ə tiv),USA pronunciation adj.
- not original;
- something derived.
- GrammarAlso called derived form. a form that has undergone derivation from another, as atomic from atom.
- Chemistrya substance or compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another substance or compound.
- MathematicsAlso called differential quotient* [esp. Brit.,] differential coefficient. the limit of the ratio of the increment of a function to the increment of a variable in it, as the latter tends to 0;
the instantaneous change of one quantity with respect to another, as velocity, which is the instantaneous change of distance with respect to time. Cf. first derivative, second derivative.
- Businessa financial contract whose value derives from the value of underlying stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, etc.
- Late Latin dērīvātīvus, equivalent. to Latin dērīvāt(us) (see derivation) + -īvus -ive
- late Middle English derivatif 1400–50
Businessa financial contract whose value derives from the value of underlying stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, etc.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
derivative /dɪˈrɪvətɪv/ adj
- resulting from derivation; derived
- based on or making use of other sources; not original or primary
- copied from others, esp slavishly; plagiaristic
- a term, idea, etc, that is based on or derived from another in the same class
- a word derived from another word
- a compound that is formed from, or can be regarded as formed from, a structurally related compound: chloroform is a derivative of methane
- Also called: differential coefficient, first derivative the change of a function, f(x), with respect to an infinitesimally small change in the independent variable, x; the limit of [f(a + Δx)–f(a)]/Δx, at x = a, as the increment, Δx, tends to 0. Symbols: df(x)/dx, f′(x), Df(x): the derivative of xn is nxn–1
- the rate of change of one quantity with respect to another: velocity is the derivative of distance with respect to time
- a financial instrument, such as a futures contract or option, the price of which is largely determined by the commodity, currency, share price, interest rate, etc, to which it is linked
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