Now you know what I felt like when I asked a banker friend to define a “derivative” for me.
The new idea of making the said Dorito shell spicier and adding a splash of lime is derivative at best.
Forgive the shadowy monetary pun, but do you think the play is, in fact, derivative of Jonson—especially Volpone?
It was all derivative of other stuff that had been done, and they were all so lame!
Senate race, and why derivative swap trading is regulated by the House Agricultural committee.
This untranslatable word is a derivative of the Icelandic Gandr, and means magic of the black or malefic sort.
In the cow with the crumpled horn we have a derivative of Mid.
It is with reference to such affairs that thought is derivative; it is with reference to them that it intervenes or mediates.
It is compounded of sur, over, and longe, a derivative of Lat.
The idea of the only God is at the root,—it is primitive; polytheism is derivative.
early 15c. (adj.); mid-15c. (n.), from Middle French dérivatif (15c.), from Late Latin derivat-, past participle stem of Latin derivare (see derive). Mathematical sense is from 1670s.
derivative de·riv·a·tive (dĭ-rĭv'ə-tĭv)
n.
Something obtained or produced by modification of something else.
A chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps.