Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “derivative”

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
(Definition of derivative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of derivative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “derivative” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More