# Derivative Define – Derivative Definition

Also called derived form .Grammar. a form that has undergone derivation from another, as atomic from atom.

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Chemistry. a substance or compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another substance or compound.

Also called differential quotient; especially British, differential coefficient .Mathematics. the limit of the ratio of the increment of a function to the increment of a variable in it, as the latter tends to 0; the instantaneous change of one quantity with respect to another, as velocity, which is the instantaneous change of distance with respect to time.Compare first derivative, second derivative.
a financial contract whose value derives from the value of underlying stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, etc.

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English derivatif, from Late Latin dērīvātīvus, equivalent to Latin dērīvāt(us) (see derivation) + -īvus suffix; see -ive
derision, derisive, derisory, deriv., derivation, derivative, derive, derived, derived curve, derived fossil, derived unit
by-product, subordinate, cognate, secondary, outgrowth, offshoot, spin-off, wave, acquired, ancestral, hereditary, imitative, inferential, secondhand, unoriginal, connate, inferred, uninventive, copied, caused
chem a compound that is formed from, or can be regarded as formed from, a structurally related compoundchloroform is a derivative of methane
maths Also called: differential coefficient, first derivative the change of a function, f(x), with respect to an infinitesimally small change in the independent variable, x; the limit of / Δ x, at x = a, as the increment, Δ x, tends to 0. Symbols: df(x)/d x, f′(x), Df(x)the derivative of x n is nx n–1 the rate of change of one quantity with respect to anothervelocity is the derivative of distance with respect to time
finance a financial instrument, such as a futures contract or option, the price of which is largely determined by the commodity, currency, share price, interest rate, etc, to which it is linked
psychoanal an activity that represents the expression of hidden impulses and desires by channelling them into socially acceptable forms
A chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps.

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