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Definition something developed from something else
in various senses, including:
  • a word based on another word — as in "Quickly is a derivative of quick."
  • a mathematical value from a function — as in "We can derive X from Y," or "X is a derivative of Y."
  • a type of investment whose value is based on another value — as in "We provide various derivatives that can protect against inflation."
  • a work of art such as a film or painting that lacks ideas not previously expressed in other works of art — as in "Her work is too derivative to interest me."
  • work based upon or influenced by prior work — as in "The book surveys psychological ideas derivative of, but not totally dependent on B.F. Skinner."
  • Comparisons between original scientific reports and derivative science journalism and popular science typically reveals at least some level of distortion and oversimplification, often quite dramatic... (retrieved 04/01/08)
  • a highly derivative prose style
  • derivative = something developed from something else
  • Basically they're all testosterone or testosterone derivatives.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • derivatives = things developed from something else
  • Red paused for a minute and then spoke directly to Margaret and me using a derivative of my name that only Red Stevens was allowed to use.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • derivative = something developed from something else—such as a word based on another word
  • a derivative process
  • ...I spent some months in a research into the coal-tar derivatives, which I conducted in a laboratory at...
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • "The Idiots" is such an obviously derivative piece of work that it is impossible for me to say anything about it here.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Tales of Unrest
  • There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "under edited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
    Anna Quindlen
  • You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose such as creation of derivative works, reports, performances and research.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • SEMUTA: the second narcotic derivative (by crystal extraction) from burned residue of elacca wood.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • A derivative of Elizabeth.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • His work was dismissed, ridiculed, described as derivative and silly.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 'You think it's tacky and derivative.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Lucas said, "I'm just saying we don't want to come across as derivative."
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • You never were a consignee and you have derivative PanAfrican citizenship through one of your grandfathers, no huhu.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • What attracts you to derivatives in particular?
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • For life, I prize it As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour, 'tis a derivative from me to mine, And only that I stand for.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • It's called Nyodene Derivative or Nyodene D. It was in a movie we saw in school on toxic wastes.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • This choice was anathema to Sullivan, who abhorred derivative architecture, but during the meeting he made no objection.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The whole thing is less derivative than it sounds and not without humor and irony.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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