derivative has definitions from the fields of mathematics,psychology,linguistics,writing
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[ noun ] (mathematics,psychology) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

Used in print

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

The minimum total potential_energy is found by taking the derivative with_respect_to H and equating to zero .

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calculation partial curvature

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[ adjective ] resulting from or employing derivation

Examples

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

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[ noun ] (writing) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
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[ adjective ] (linguistics) formed by inflection or derivation

Examples

"from the primitive word `electric' comes the derivative word `electricity'"

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primitive inflected

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[ noun ] (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

Examples

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

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