Derivative De*riv"a*tive, a. [L. derivativus: cf. F. d['e]rivatif.] Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products. [PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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