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Definition 1: the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for derivative in the sense of this definition

(derivative is a kind of ...) problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

(... is a kind of derivative ) the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve

(... is a kind of derivative ) the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant

Definition 2: (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where derivative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `electricity' is a derivative of `electric'

(derivative is a kind of ...) a unit of language that native speakers can identify

"words are the blocks from which sentences are made" "he hardly said ten words all morning"

(derivative belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 3: a financial instrument whose value is based on another security - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for derivative in the sense of this definition

(derivative is a kind of ...) (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

(... is a kind of derivative ) an agreement to buy or sell a specific amount of a commodity or financial instrument at a particular price on a stipulated future date; the contract can be sold before the settlement date

(... is a kind of derivative ) the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited

(derivative belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound - [noun denoting substance]

(derivative is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

Definition 5: resulting from or employing derivation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where derivative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a derivative process
  • a highly derivative prose style

(derivative is similar to ...) formed or developed from something else; not original

"the belief that classes and organizations are secondary and derived"

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