[ UK /dɪɹˈɪvətˌɪv/ ]
[ US /dɝˈɪvətɪv, dɝˈɪvɪtɪv/ ]
  1. (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word
    `electricity' is a derivative of `electric'
  2. a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
  3. a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound
  4. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
  1. resulting from or employing derivation
    a derivative process
    a highly derivative prose style
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How To Use derivative In A Sentence

  • T, sea level rise would also contain a term proportional to the time derivative of temperature, dT/dt. RealClimate
  • The diverse problems of succession and authority which face the brothers, the audience, and the poet reflect upon one other throughout, and this self-awareness renders nugatory the traditional criticism of Statius as derivative.
  • He infected mice and rabbits with Trypanosoma gondii, the parasite responsible for the dreaded sleeping sickness, then injected the animals with chemical derivatives to determine if any of them could halt the infection. The Emperor of All Maladies
  • [H] adrian be living on, mud and rocks no longer be a physical wall in upper Ruralshire, but like derivatives, the way to take an asset and mystify them so that the common members of Pee can still have voters. on March 26, 2009 at 8: 50 pm | Reply nightjack Location, location, location. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG
  • It is characterized by heavy, load-bearing masonry, the round-headed arch and its derivatives, the groin, and barrel vaulting.
  • Much-maligned for their derivative style, the band are nevertheless enduringly popular.
  • Derivative teachers are mediocrities, and probably also boring if not interesting in all the wrong ways. Ad Fontes, a Mystical and Protestant View of Teaching « Unknowing
  • Mini" is short for a security called the S&P 500 E-mini future, an electronically traded derivative that rises and falls with the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and is sold in smaller units than other index futures. How hedge fund manager Steve Cohen averaged 30% returns for 18 years
  • In this paper, an inverse eigen derivative method (IEDM) for dynamic modification of mechanical structures is formulated for improving the eigen derivative method(EDM).
  • The company has Centre for Insurance and Risk Management tripled its staff in the past 12 months, hiring (CIRM), estimates that India's OTC weather experts in agronomy and agricultural mete - derivatives market is worth around $1 billion. orology to meet growing demand. Recently Uploaded Slideshows
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