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derivative

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BrE BrE//dɪˈrɪvətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈrɪvətɪv//
 
 
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a word or thing that has been developed or produced from another word or thing ‘Happiness’ is a derivative of ‘happy’. Crack is a highly potent and addictive derivative of cocaine. Word Origin late Middle English (in the adjective sense ‘having the power to draw off’, and in the noun sense ‘a word derived from another’): from French dérivatif, -ive, from Latin derivativus, from derivare, from de- ‘down, away’ + rivus ‘brook, stream’.
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