The definition of derivative is something that imitates or is based off of something else.(adjective)
When artwork is heavily influenced by Monet and imitates Monet's style, this is an example of artwork that would be described asderivative.
Derivative means something that is based on another source.(noun)
A movie that is based on and inspired by an earlier film is an example of something that is derivative.
See derivative in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME derivatif < LL derivativus < L derivatus, pp. of derivare: see derive
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