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Definition something that comes (with modification) from something else
  • The derivation is undeniable if you accept the rules of logic.
  • But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • This word critic is of Greek derivation, and signifies judgment.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • And if my language offends you, sir, look up the derivation of the offending word.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It was strange in the sense that he could discover neither derivation nor motivation nor explanation for it.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • This word critic is of Greek derivation, and signifies judgment.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • As we covered each postulate and theorem, it soon became clear that Dorothy actually understood their derivations better than I did.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Recipe' is a modern derivation."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I hated mayonnaise, and any derivation thereof: egg salad, tuna salad, even deviled eggs.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • "Frankly," I said, "I'm a little curious about the derivation of all this."
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Our breakfast consisted of several dishes whose contents were all supplied by the sea, and some foods whose nature and derivation were unknown to me.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The opinion of the Yard was divided respecting the derivation of its name.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The derivations of words, curious usages.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • His great round head, set as it was on a small-limbed and squattish body, gave him the look of a primitive clay figurine, some household idol of obscure and cultic derivation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The second argument, is from the nature of Monarchy; wherein all Authority is in one Man, and in others by derivation from him: But the Government of the Church, he says, is Monarchicall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I believe that they were a colony of the Greeks; for though their language comes nearer the Persian, yet they retain many names, both for their towns and magistrates, that are of Greek derivation.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • As we finished Chapter One last THE HOG WARTS HIGH INQUISITOR lesson, I would like you all to turn to page nineteen today and commence "Chapter Two, Common Defensive Theories and their Derivation".
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • When I asked him if he could do without money, he showed the convenience of money in such a way as to suggest and coincide with the most philosophical accounts of the origin of this institution, and the very derivation of the word pecunia.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • They were waiting for something to stir in the dead city, some gray form to rise, some ancient, ancestral shape to come galloping across the vacant sea bottom on an ancient, armored steel of impossible lineage, of unbelievable derivation.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles

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