Definition of Derivative

1. Noun. The result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx.

2. Adjective. Resulting from or employing derivation. "A highly derivative prose style"
Similar to: Derived
Derivative terms: Derive, Derive, Derive

3. Noun. A compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound.
Generic synonyms: Chemical Compound, Compound

4. Noun. A financial instrument whose value is based on another security.
Exact synonyms: Derivative Instrument
Generic synonyms: Instrument, Legal Document, Legal Instrument, Official Document
Specialized synonyms: Futures Contract, Option
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

5. Noun. (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word. "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Word

Definition of Derivative

1. a. Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.

2. n. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.

Definition of Derivative

1. Adjective. Imitative of the work of someone else. ¹

2. Adjective. (legal copyright) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions. ¹

3. Adjective. (finance) Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value. ¹

4. Adjective. Lacking originality. ¹

5. Noun. Something derived. ¹

6. Noun. (linguistics) A word that derives from another one. ¹

7. Noun. (finance) A financial instrument whose value depends on the valuation of an underlying asset; such as a warrant, an option etc. ¹

8. Noun. (chemistry) A chemical derived from another. ¹

9. Noun. (calculus) The derived function of a function. ¹

10. Noun. (calculus) The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable. ¹

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Definition of Derivative

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Medical Definition of Derivative

1. A chemical substance derived from another substance either directly or by modification or partial substitution. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Derivative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Analytic Geometry by Norman Colman Riggs (1910)
"The second derivative. The derivative of a function of a variable is itself ... The symbol ^-У- is used to denote the second derivative of 2 y with respect ..."

2. Advanced Calculus: A Text Upon Select Parts of Differential Calculus by Edwin Bidwell Wilson (1912)
"Geometric properties of the derivative. As the quotient (1) and its limit (2) give the slope of a secant and of the tangent, it appears from graphical ..."

3. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"152 °, more stable toward heat than the corresponding p-deriv. ; 2-o-tolyl-2-benzyl derivative, pale yellow needles, decomp. 160°; im-tolyl derivative, ..."

4. Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable by Andrew Russell Forsyth (1893)
"1 But for any point within A} the function Fl(z) has a uniform finite derivative 00 (§ 21); and therefore also S fi(z) has a uniform finite derivative. ..."

5. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville (1904)
"The differential of a function equals its derivative multiplied by the differential of the independent variable. Let us illustrate what this means ..."

6. Differential and Integral Calculus by Clyde Elton Love (1916)
"CHAPTER II THE derivative 15. The derivative. We return now to the problem (§6) of finding the rate of change of a function, or the slope of a curve. ..."

7. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus: With Examples and by James Morford Taylor, William Christ (1889)
"Thus, in the theorem, — denotes the total derivative ... while -^ denotes the partial derivative of и ctx »with respect to x, that is, the derivative ..."

8. Differential and Integral Calculus by Clyde Elton Love (1916)
"CHAPTER II THE derivative 15. The derivative. We return now to the problem (§ (5) of finding the rate of change of a function, or the slope of a curve. ..."

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