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derivation (ˌdɛrɪˈveɪʃən



  1. the act of deriving or state of being derived
  2. the source, origin, or descent of something, such as a word
  3. something derived; a derivative
    1. the process of deducing a mathematical theorem, formula, etc, as a necessary consequence of a set of accepted statements
    2. this sequence of statements
    3. the operation of finding a derivative

Derived Forms

ˌderiˈvational  adjective


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= obtaining, getting, acquiring, deriving, extraction

Example Sentences Including 'derivation'

It was an oil depicting a girl in a white dress standing in a fireplace, a pure derivation from Whistler but looser in handling.
Malcolm, John Whistler in the Dark


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