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Derivative

Definition

[n] the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
[n] (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
[n] a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
[adj] resulting from or employing derivation; "a derivative process"; "a highly derivative prose style"

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