derivation has definitions from the fields of genetics,psychology,logic,linguistics
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[ noun ] (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase

Used in print

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

For_example , when the film is only four minutes old , Neitzbohr refers to a small , Victorian piano_stool as `` Wilhelmina '' , and we are thereupon subjected to a flashback that informs us that this very piano_stool was once used by an epileptic governess whose name , of_course , was Doris ( the English equivalent , when passed_through middle Gaelic derivations , of Wilhelmina ) .

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[ noun ] the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)

Examples

"he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"

Used in print

(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)

Such a dual derivation was strikingly demonstrated during the injection process where initial filling would be noted to occur in several isolated pleural vessels at_once .

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beginning derive

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[ noun ] (psychology,logic) a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions

Used in print

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

A chief characteristic of experience in the mode of causal efficacy is one of derivation from the past .

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inference deduce

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[ noun ] drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body

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drawing

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[ noun ] (genetics) inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
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[ noun ] (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer' from `sing'; `undo' from `do'
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[ noun ] drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation

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drawing

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