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 . Related terms 
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[ adjective ] resulting from or employing derivation
Examples "a derivative process" "a highly derivative prose style" Related terms 
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[ noun ] (writing) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
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[ noun ] (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word
Examples "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'" Related terms 
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