Definition of derivative:
- 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.
- A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
- 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.
- 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.
- An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation ( in the medical sense).
- Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
- That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
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- "The Romance of Names", Ernest Weekley.
- "Unwise Child", Gordon Randall Garrett.
Their manuscripts and inscriptions serve some present purpose, are occasional and imperfect from the first, and are rendered more fragmentary in the course of time, some being intentionally destroyed, others lost by the decay of the perishable materials on which they are written; so that to question the theory of all known languages being derivative on the ground that we can rarely trace a passage from the ancient to the modern through all the dialects which must have flourished one after the other in the intermediate ages, implies a want of reflection on the laws which govern the recording as well as the obliterating processes.- "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.