- 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.
- 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 of derivationMiddle English derivacioun ; from Classical Latin derivatio ; from past participle of derivare: see derive
- a. The act or process of deriving.b. The state or fact of being derived; origination: a custom of recent derivation.c. Something derived; a derivative.
- The form or source from which something is derived; an origin.
- Linguistics a. The historical origin and development of a word; an etymology.b. 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.c. In generative linguistics, the generation of a linguistic structure through an ordered or partially ordered series of operations on other structures, such as the creation of a surface structure from a deep structure, or of a complex word from its morphological components.d. The formal description of the process of such generation.
- 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.
- A leading or drawing off of water from a stream or source.
- The act of receiving anything from a source; the act of procuring an effect from a cause, means, or condition, as profits from capital, conclusions or opinions from evidence.
- The act of tracing origin or descent, as in grammar or genealogy; as, the derivation of a word from an Indo-European root.
- The state or method of being derived; the relation of origin when established or asserted.
- That from which a thing is derived.
- That which is derived; a derivative; a deduction.
- (mathematics) The operation of deducing one function from another according to some fixed law, called the law of derivation, as the of differentiation or of integration.
- (medicine) A drawing of humors or fluids from one part of the body to another, to relieve or lessen a morbid process.
From Middle French dérivation, from Latin derivatio.