### What does **derivative** mean?

# Definitions for derivative

dɪˈrɪv ə tɪvde·riv·a·tive

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### Princeton's WordNet

derived function, derivative, differential coefficient, differential, first derivativenoun

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

derivativenoun

a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound

derivative instrument, derivativenoun

a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

derivativeadjective

(linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

"`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"

derivativeadjective

resulting from or employing derivation

"a derivative process"; "a highly derivative prose style"

### GCIDE

Derivativeadjective

Hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products.

### Wiktionary

derivativenoun

Something derived.

derivativenoun

A word that derives from another one.

derivativenoun

A financial instrument whose value depends on the valuation of an underlying asset; such as a warrant, an option etc.

derivativenoun

A chemical derived from another.

derivativenoun

The derived function of a function.

The derivative of uE0006894uE001 is uE0006895uE001

derivativenoun

The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable.

The derivative of uE0006896uE001 at x = 3 is uE0006897uE001.

derivativeadjective

Imitative of the work of someone else.

derivativeadjective

Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions.

derivativeadjective

Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value.

derivativeadjective

Lacking originality.

**Etymology:**Middle English, from dérivatif and derivatus; see derive.

### Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Derivativeadjective

Derived or taken from another.

**Etymology:**derivativus, Latin.As it is a

*derivative*perfection, so it is a distinct kind of perfection from that which is in God.*Matthew Hale, Origin of Mank.*Derivativenoun

The thing or word derived or taken from another.

**Etymology:**from the adjective.For honour,

’Tis a*derivative*from me to mine,

And only that I stand for.*William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.*The word honestus originally and strictly signifies no more than creditable, and is but a

*derivative*from honour, which signifies credit or honour.*Robert South, Sermons.*

### Wikipedia

Derivative

In mathematics, the derivative of a function of a real variable measures the sensitivity to change of the function value (output value) with respect to a change in its argument (input value). Derivatives are a fundamental tool of calculus. For example, the derivative of the position of a moving object with respect to time is the object's velocity: this measures how quickly the position of the object changes when time advances. The derivative of a function of a single variable at a chosen input value, when it exists, is the slope of the tangent line to the graph of the function at that point. The tangent line is the best linear approximation of the function near that input value. For this reason, the derivative is often described as the "instantaneous rate of change", the ratio of the instantaneous change in the dependent variable to that of the independent variable. Derivatives can be generalized to functions of several real variables. In this generalization, the derivative is reinterpreted as a linear transformation whose graph is (after an appropriate translation) the best linear approximation to the graph of the original function. The Jacobian matrix is the matrix that represents this linear transformation with respect to the basis given by the choice of independent and dependent variables. It can be calculated in terms of the partial derivatives with respect to the independent variables. For a real-valued function of several variables, the Jacobian matrix reduces to the gradient vector. The process of finding a derivative is called differentiation. The reverse process is called antidifferentiation. The fundamental theorem of calculus relates antidifferentiation with integration. Differentiation and integration constitute the two fundamental operations in single-variable calculus.

### Webster Dictionary

Derivativeadjective

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

Derivativenoun

that which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another

Derivativenoun

a word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root

Derivativenoun

a chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord

Derivativenoun

an agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense)

Derivativenoun

a derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process

Derivativenoun

a substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc

**Etymology:**[L. derivativus: cf. F. drivatif.]

### Freebase

Derivative

In calculus, a branch of mathematics, the derivative is a measure of how a function changes as its input changes. Loosely speaking, a derivative can be thought of as how much one quantity is changing in response to changes in some other quantity; for example, the derivative of the position of a moving object with respect to time is the object's instantaneous velocity. The derivative of a function at a chosen input value describes the best linear approximation of the function near that input value. Informally, the derivative is the ratio of the infinitesimal change of the output over the infinitesimal change of the input producing that change of output. For a real-valued function of a single real variable, the derivative at a point equals the slope of the tangent line to the graph of the function at that point. In higher dimensions, the derivative of a function at a point is a linear transformation called the linearization. A closely related notion is the differential of a function. The process of finding a derivative is called differentiation. The reverse process is called antidifferentiation. The fundamental theorem of calculus states that antidifferentiation is the same as integration. Differentiation and integration constitute the two fundamental operations in single-variable calculus.

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### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of derivative in Chaldean Numerology is:

**8**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of derivative in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**7**

### Examples of derivative in a Sentence

It's a very big deal, shareholders are getting cash in their hands. Whether this will be used as a model for future

**derivative**litigation, only time will tell.Mr. Woodall, the Latin word that we use as a

**derivative**, majority, came from major, the Latin word for minority came from minor. You understand ?Federal Aviation Administration:

The FAA enjoys a good working relationship with CAAC and we continue to work together to develop a path to work towards certification of the

**derivative**model of the ARJ-21 and, possibly, the C919.When we say science we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized

**derivative**from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.The summer is built around familiarity, many cultural critics who shape awareness for films are obsessed with sequels and

**derivative**material. They wildly crave it. That kind of environment is hostile to originality. It only makes space for**derivative**material and rejects originality. I think Warner Bros. was uncomfortable with that environment.

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- المشتقArabic
- производна, производноBulgarian
- derivát, derivace, odvozeninaCzech
- Derivat, Ableitung, AbkömmlingGerman
- παραγωγόGreek
- derivaĵoEsperanto
- derivado, derivadaSpanish
- tuletisEstonian
- johdannainen, derivaatta, derivaatti, johdosFinnish
- dérivéeFrench
- נגזרתHebrew
- származékszóHungarian
- ածանցյալArmenian
- derivato, derivataItalian
- 誘導体, 派生語, 派生, デリバティブJapanese
- takengaMāori
- derivaat, afgeleide, afleidingDutch
- derywat, wtórny, pochodny, instrument pochodny, pochodnaPolish
- derivada, derivativo, derivadoPortuguese
- derivat, derivatăRomanian
- производное слово, дериват, дериватив, производная, производноеRussian
- odvodSlovene
- avledning, derivat, derivataSwedish
- türevTurkish
- 衍生Chinese

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