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Meaning & Definition of Derivative in English

English

Derivative

/dərɪvətɪv/

noun

1. The result of mathematical differentiation

  • The instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another
  • Df(x)/dx
    synonym:
  • derived function
  • ,
  • derivative
  • ,
  • differential coefficient
  • ,
  • differential
  • ,
  • first derivative

2. A compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound

    synonym:
  • derivative

3. A financial instrument whose value is based on another security

    synonym:
  • derivative instrument
  • ,
  • derivative

4. (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

  • "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
    synonym:
  • derivative

adjective

1. Resulting from or employing derivation

  • "A derivative process"
  • "A highly derivative prose style"
    synonym:
  • derivative

Examples of using

The derivative of a constant function is always zero.