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

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