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
a the process of deducing a mathematical theorem, formula, etc., as a necessary consequence of a set of accepted statements
b this sequence of statements
c the operation of finding a derivative
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