Definition of derivative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈrɪvətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈrɪvətɪv//
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(usually disapproving) copied from something else; not having new or original ideas a derivative design/style I found the novel thin and derivative. I had expected more. Word Originlate 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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