# Definitions and Synonyms of *derivative* | Another word for *derivative* | What is *derivative? *

*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

*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

*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

*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

*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"*