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Definition of derivative:

  1. 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.
  2. A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation ( in the medical sense).
  6. Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
  7. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.

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derivational, capital, obtained from, derivative instrument, trivial, borrowed, not original, unexciting, compound, contrarian, coming from, derivation, componential analysis, differential, debenture, imitative, canonical form, inferred, kin, plagiarized, affix, first derivative, capital gains tax, caused, blue chip, differential coefficient, byproduct, transmitted, uninspired, derived function, secondhand, boring, derived, brand leader, ancestral, apposition, blend, secondary, capital-intensive, rehashed, bond, inferential, appropriacy, arbitrage, end product, line, anaphora, not fundamental, copied, tedious, generation, hereditary, lineup, dull, warmed-over, evolved, dreary, brand, commodity, annuity, differential gear, acquired, unoriginal, humdrum, mind-numbing, brand name, uninteresting.

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