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American English: /dəˈrɪvədɪv/
British English: /dɪˈrɪvətɪv/

Translation of derivative in Spanish:


  • 1 (unoriginal)
    carente de originalidad
    Example sentences
    • Moreover, says the performer, that painful experience is what led Shakespeare to become more than a sharp-tongued wit, more than the derivative writers of his era and ours.
    • I suppose she is a cultural phenomenon that cannot be ignored, but I find her programme, and the derivative imitators to be deadly dull and no substitute for actual thought.
    • However, he is not a derivative imitator of classic Japanese cinema, but one of its original though sadly neglected film-makers.
  • 2 (derived)
    Example sentences
    • I particularly remember a poem which was very derivative of English poetry called ‘Fugue’ by Neville Dawes, a Jamaican novelist and poet.
    • With gameplay more derivative of the Harlem Globetrotters than the NBA, players bust insane ankle-breaking moves to confuse and fake out opponents on their way to the hoop.
    • In 1913 he was overwhelmed by the European modernism exhibited at the Armory Show and his style entered an eclectic, derivative phase, influenced by Gauguin, Matisse, and van Gogh.
  • 3 (Finance)
    Example sentences
    • It is possible to use unrealized gains in financial assets (including derivative contracts) as collateral for further purchases.
    • This is because they buy complex derivative products to mirror the performance of the underlying stock market index or indices which are not transparently priced.
    • Given recent developments in calculation and derivative products, new opportunities are now available in portfolio construction and trading.


  • 1 (in industry) petroleum derivatives
    derivados (masculine plural) del petróleo
    Example sentences
    • International trade include import, export and re-export of live and animal trophies, plants and parts and derivatives thereof, based on a permit certification system.
    • The modern territorial state upon which it was based was a derivative of the Italian Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation.
    • Thus, the holders of Barrie's copyright claim a perpetual right to control derivative works based on Peter Pan, even though the original work passed into the public domain.
  • 2 (Linguistics) (word)
    (language) lengua (feminine) derivada
    Example sentences
    • And you could write down just as many derivatives of any other root: fish, or coffee, or excrement.
    • In the Greek-Latin languages and their derivatives we find this same root appearing as super, sphere, spore and spirit to mention just a few that are relevant to the subject at hand.
    • And they were our distant brothers and not unlike the Romance languages that you know, the Italians and the Spaniards and the French all come from a Latin derivative or Latin root.
  • 3 (Mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • He undertook a large-scale work on generalised differential equations in functional derivatives.
    • The following applet, for example, helps observe the relations between a function and its derivative and integral with not a single formula involved.
    • These include singular solutions to differential equations, a change of variables formula, and a way of relating the derivative of a function to the derivative of the inverse function.
  • 4 (Finance)
    Example sentences
    • Futures and options are derivatives because their value depends on the price of the underlying asset, be it a commodity, investment or index.
    • As markets move, as interest rates rise and fall, as currencies move in value against each other, the fair values of these financial assets and derivatives can change dramatically.
    • Hedge fund managers also invest in derivatives, options, futures and other exotic or sophisticated securities.
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