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"

Related terms: derived
3. [ noun ] (writing) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
Synonyms: derivative_instrument
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
Similar spelling:   derived