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Dictionary definition for: Derivative

1. (n) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

2. (s) resulting from or employing derivation; "a derivative process" "a highly derivative prose style"

3. (n) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

4. (n) (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "electricity" is a derivative of "electric"

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