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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Derivative  \De*riv"a*tive\,  a.  [L.  derivativus:  cf  F. 
  Obtained  by  derivation;  derived;  not  radical,  original,  or 
  fundamental;  originating,  deduced,  or  formed  from  something 
  else;  secondary;  as  a  derivative  conveyance;  a  derivative 
  {Derivative  circulation},  a  modification  of  the  circulation 
  found  in  some  parts  of  the  body,  in  which  the  arteries 
  empty  directly  into  the  veins  without  the  interposition  of 
  capillaries.  --Flint.  --  {De*riv"a*tive*ly},  adv  -- 
  {De*riv"a*tive*ness},  n.