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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
Translations of “derivative”
in Chinese (Traditional) 缺乏獨創性的, 模仿的…
in Russian производное…
in Turkish türemiş, türetilen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缺乏独创性的, 模仿的…
in Polish derywat, pochodna…
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