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"derivative" in British English

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derivativeadjective

uk   /dɪˈrɪv.ə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/ disapproving

derivativenoun [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 ​financialproduct such as an option (= the ​right to ​buy or ​sell something in the ​future) that has a ​valuebased on the ​value of another ​product, such as shares or bonds
(Definition of derivative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"derivative" in American English

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derivativeadjective

 us   /dɪˈrɪv·ə·t̬ɪv/
having ​qualities taken from something ​else: Too much of the ​musicfeels derivative.

derivativenoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈrɪv·ə·t̬ɪv/
something made from something ​else: Retinol is a derivative of ​vitamin A. grammar A derivative is also a word that is made from another word.
(Definition of derivative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"derivative" in Business English

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derivativenoun [C, usually plural]

uk   us   /dɪˈrɪvətɪv/ (also derivative instrument, also derivative product)
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE a ​financialproduct such as an option (= the ​right to ​buy or ​sell something in the future) that has a ​valuebased on the ​value of another ​asset, such as ​shares, or bonds: GS Financial Products ​buys and ​sells derivatives such as ​swaps and ​optionslinked to ​interestrates, ​currencies, ​commodities and ​indexes. derivatives ​trading In the past 20 ​years there has been a huge ​growth in the derivatives ​markets.
(Definition of derivative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “derivative”
in Chinese (Simplified) 缺乏独创性的, 模仿的…
in Turkish türemiş, türetilen…
in Russian производное…
in Chinese (Traditional) 缺乏獨創性的, 模仿的…
in Polish derywat, pochodna…
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