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“derivation” in English

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derivationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌder.ɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌder.əˈveɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • In these words, as in many others, we can see that it is never safe to guess the derivation of words. 
  • It is interesting to note that derivations that get away sufficiently from the concrete notion of the radical word to exist as independent conceptual centers are not affected by this elusive drift. 
  • It is quite erroneously called Late-wake, though Brand favours that modern corruption and derivation. 
  • The derivation of his name shows unmistakably that the earliest form under which he was a mythological existence was as the light-god. 

(Definition of “derivation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“derivation” in American English

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derivationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌder·əˈveɪ·ʃən/

the origin from which something developed:

Does anyone know the derivation of the word “OK”?

(Definition of “derivation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)