- The definition of derivative is something that imitates or is based off of something else.
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.
A movie that is based on and inspired by an earlier film is an example of something that is derivative.
derivative definition by Webster's New World
- using or taken from other sources; not original
- of derivation
Origin: Middle English derivatif ; from Late Latin derivativus ; from Classical Latin derivatus, past participle of derivare: see derive
- something derived
- Chem. a substance derived from, or of such composition and properties that it may be considered as derived from, another substance by chemical change, esp. by the substitution of one or more elements or radicals
- Finance a contract, as an option or futures contract, whose value depends on the value of the securities, commodities, etc. that form the basis of the contract
- Linguis. a word formed from another or others by derivation
- Math. the limiting value of a rate of change of a function with respect to a variable; the instantaneous rate of change, or slope, of a function (Ex.: the derivative of y with respect to x, often written dy/dx, is 3 when y = 3x)
- derivatively adverb
derivative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Resulting from or employing derivation: a derivative word; a derivative process.
- Copied or adapted from others: a highly derivative prose style.
- Something derived.
- Linguistics A word formed from another by derivation, such as electricity from electric.
- Mathematics a. The limiting value of the ratio of the change in a function to the corresponding change in its independent variable.b. The instantaneous rate of change of a function with respect to its variable.c. The slope of the tangent line to the graph of a function at a given point. Also called differential coefficient, fluxion.
- Chemistry A compound derived or obtained from another and containing essential elements of the parent substance.
- Business An investment that derives its value from another more fundamental investment, as a commitment to buy a bond for a certain sum on a certain date.
- de·rivˈa·tive·ly adverb
- de·rivˈa·tive·ness noun
derivative - Business Definition
derivative - Investment & Finance Definition
derivative - Medical Definition
- Something obtained or produced by modification of something else.
- A chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps.
derivative - Science Definition