- Derivation is defined as something that is inspired by another source, or to the origin of something.
- A new twist on modern design is an example of a derivation on modern design.
- When something comes from Italy, this is an example of an Italian derivation.
derivation definition by Webster's New World
- a deriving or being derived
- descent or origination
- something derived; a derivative
- the source or origin of something
- the origin and development of a word; etymology
- Gram. the process of forming words from bases by the addition of affixes other than inflectional morphemes, or by internal phonetic change: the derivation of “warmth” from “warm”
- Linguis. in generative grammar, the process of forming sentences
Origin: Middle English derivacioun ; from Classical Latin derivatio ; from past participle of derivare: see derive
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- derivational adjective
derivation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or process of deriving.
- The state or fact of being derived; originating: a custom of recent derivation.
- Something derived; a derivative.
- The form or source from which something is derived; an origin.
- The historical origin and development of a word; an etymology.
- Linguistics a. The process by which words are formed from existing words or bases by adding affixes, as singer from sing or undo from do, by changing the shape of the word or base, as song from sing, or by adding an affix and changing the pronunciation of the word or base, as electricity from electric.b. A linguistic description of the process of word formation.c. In generative linguistics, the process by which a surface structure is generated from a deep structure.d. A formal representation or description of the series of ordered linguistic rules and operations that generate a surface structure from a deep structure.
- Logic & Mathematics A logical or mathematical process indicating through a sequence of statements that a result such as a theorem or a formula necessarily follows from the initial assumptions.
- derˌi·vaˈtion·al adjective