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[dih-rahyv] /dɪˈraɪv/
verb (used with object), derived, deriving.
to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).
to trace from a source or origin.
to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.
Chemistry. to produce or obtain (a substance) from another.
verb (used without object), derived, deriving.
to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
Origin of derive
1350-1400; Middle English diriven, deriven to flow, draw from, spring < Anglo-French, Old French deriver < Latin dērīvāre to lead off, equivalent to dē- de- + rīv(us) a stream + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
derivable, adjective
deriver, noun
nonderivable, adjective
prederive, verb (used with object), prederived, prederiving.
self-derived, adjective
underivable, adjective
well-derived, adjective
1. gain, attain, glean, gather, reap, net. Unabridged
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  • If underivable from, or irreconcilable with, known laws, it is a mere conjecture or prejudice.

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British Dictionary definitions for underivable


(usually foll by from) to draw or be drawn (from) in source or origin; trace or be traced
(transitive) to obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
(transitive) to trace the source or development of
(usually foll by from) to produce or be produced (from) by a chemical reaction
(maths) to obtain (a function) by differentiation
Derived Forms
derivable, adjective
deriver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French deriver to spring from, from Latin dērīvāre to draw off, from de- + rīvus a stream
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Word Origin and History for underivable



late 14c., from Old French deriver "to flow, pour out; derive, originate," from Latin derivare "to lead or draw off (a stream of water) from its source" (in Late Latin also "to derive"), from phrase de rivo (de "from" + rivus "stream;" see rivulet). Etymological sense is 1550s. Related: Derived; deriving.

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underivable in Medicine

derive de·rive (dĭ-rīv')
v. de·rived, de·riv·ing, de·rives

  1. To obtain or receive from a source.

  2. To produce or obtain a chemical compound from another substance by chemical reaction.

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