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derivative

adjective uk   /dɪˈrɪv.ə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/ disapproving
If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else: His painting/style is very derivative.

derivative

noun [C] uk   /dɪˈrɪv.ɪ.tɪv/ us    /-ə.t̬ɪv/

derivative noun [C] (FORM OF WORD, ETC.)

specialized language a form of something, such as a word, made or developed from another form: "Detestable" is a derivative of "detest".

derivative noun [C] (FINANCIAL PRODUCT)

specialized finance & economics a financial product such as an option (= the right to buy or sell something in the future) that has a value based on the value of another product, such as shares or bonds
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