What is derivation?

  • (noun): Inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline.
    Synonyms: ancestry, lineage, filiation
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "derivation":

  • (noun): A line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions.
  • (noun): Drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation.
  • (noun): (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: 'singer' from 'sing'; 'undo' from 'do'.
  • (noun): Drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body.
  • (noun): The source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues).
    Example: "He prefers shoes of Italian derivation"
  • (noun): (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase.
    Synonyms: deriving, etymologizing