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Definition of "derivation" []

  • The act or process of deriving. (noun)
  • The state or fact of being derived; originating: a custom of recent derivation. (noun)
  • Something derived; a derivative. (noun)
  • The form or source from which something is derived; an origin. (noun)
  • The historical origin and development of a word; an etymology. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "derivation" in a sentence
  • "Arrived at _Kaloneh_ upon the highway, certainly the site of a Roman garrison or "colonia," (see Acts xvi. 12,) leaving Kustul behind, which is also a derivation from the Latin word for a castle."
  • "I suppose the traditional and obvious derivation from the Latin MONETA (“money”) is just too simple …"
  • "Second derivation is non-positive, (diminishing returns) 3, Tractable (continuous, derivatives of all orders)"