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- 1. derivation, beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
- usage: the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"; "music of Turkish derivation"
- 2. deriving, derivation, etymologizing, explanation, account
- usage: (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
- 3. derivation, inference, illation
- usage: a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
- 4. derivation, linguistic process
- usage: (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation; "`singer' from `sing' or `undo' from `do' are examples of derivations"
- 5. ancestry, lineage, derivation, filiation, inheritance, hereditary pattern
- usage: inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
- 6. derivation, drawing, drawing off
- usage: drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
- 7. derivation, drawing, drawing off
- usage: drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
- 8. derivation, act, deed, human action, human activity
- usage: the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin
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