The current version of the vocabulary builder covers over 2720 words & is useful for students preparing for academic English examinations such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. Now you can also listen to the pronunciation of words. - Refer a Friend.|
derivative (adj) copied or imitated.
A derivative design is a copied design, not the original of the designer. A derivative idea is a copied idea. Anything produced in imitation of something else is derivative and does little credit to its author.
- The later 18th century European architecture was largely a derivative of the Greeko-Roman architecture which itself is a mixed style of the original Greek architecture and its Roman adaptation.
- The later European epics, all of them written, unlike Homer's Iliad, were all derivative in their style and features, as they were all imitative of the Iliad.