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Word of the Day – Derivative

By July 29, 2021Word of the Day

Derivative (adj)


Imitative of the work of another artist, writer, etc., and usually disapproved of for that reason.

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 (see derive).

Example sentences

“The problem is her work is so derivative you don’t know what talent she has.”

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