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noun (plural: derivatives)
  1. Something derive, derived.
  2. A word that derives from another one.
  3. (finance) A financial instrument whose value depends on the valuation of an underlying asset; such as a warrant, an option etc.
  4. (chemistry) A chemical derived from another.
  5. (calculus) The derived function of a function.
    The derivative of <math>f(x) = x^2</math> is <math>f'(x) = 2x</math>
  6. (calculus) The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable.
    The derivative of <math>f(x) = x^2</math> at x = 3 is <math>f'(3) = 2
    • 3 = 6</math>.
adjective 
  1. Imitative of the work of someone else
  2. (copyright law) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions
  3. Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value
  4. Lacking originality
Etymology: Middle English, from dérivatif and derivatus; see derive.


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