|1.||[ noun ] (mathematics,psychology) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx|
|Synonyms:||differential differential_coefficient first_derivative derived_function|
|Related terms:||calculation partial curvature|
|2.||[ adjective ] resulting from or employing derivation|
"a derivative process" "a highly derivative prose style"
|3.||[ noun ] (writing) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security|
|Related terms:||legal_document option futures_contract law|
|4.||[ adjective ] (linguistics) formed by inflection or derivation|
"from the primitive word `electric' comes the derivative word `electricity'"
|Related terms:||primitive inflected|
|5.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word|
"`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
|Related terms:||word linguistics|