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derivative

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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Etymology

Middle English, from French dérivatif and [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] derivatus; see derive.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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derivative

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  1. Imitative of the work of someone else.
  2. (law, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions.
  3. (finance) Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value.
  4. Lacking originality.

Noun

Singular
derivative

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  1. Something derived.
  2. (linguistics) 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:f(x) = x^2</math> is <math>f':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>.

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