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(typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason:an artist who is not in the slightest bit derivative originating from, based on, or influenced by:Darwin’s work is derivative of the moral philosophers [attributive] (of a financial product) having a value deriving from an underlying variable asset:equity-based derivative products
something that is based on another source:a derivative of the system was chosen for the Marine Corps' V-22 tilt rotor aircraft
) an arrangement or instrument (such as a future, option, or warrant) whose value derives from and is dependent on the value of an underlying asset: [as modifier]:the derivatives market
a word derived from another or from a root in the same or another language. a substance that is derived chemically from a specified compound:crack is a highly addictive cocaine derivative Mathematics an expression representing the rate of change of a function with respect to an independent variable.