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1 the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"
2 (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase [syn: deriving, etymologizing]
3 a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
4 (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer' from `sing'; `undo' from `do'
5 inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline [syn: ancestry, lineage, filiation]
6 drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
7 drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation

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  1. A leading or drawing off of water from a stream or source.
  2. The act of receiving anything from a source; the act of procuring an effect from a cause, means, or condition, as profits from capital, conclusions or opinions from evidence.
  3. The act of tracing origin or descent, as in grammar or genealogy; as, the derivation of a word from an Indo-European root.
  4. The state or method of being derived; the relation of origin when established or asserted.
  5. That from which a thing is derived.
  6. That which is derived; a derivative; a deduction.
  7. The operation of deducing one function from another according to some fixed law, called the law of derivation, as the of differentiation or of integration.
  8. A drawing of humors or fluids from one part of the body to another, to relieve or lessen a morbid process.


the act of receiving anything from a source

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Derivation may mean:
Derivation may also refer to:
derivation in German: Derivation
derivation in Spanish: Derivación
derivation in French: Dérivation
derivation in Polish: Derywacja
derivation in Russian: Деривация
derivation in Simple English: Derivative
derivation in Slovak: Derivácia

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