Adjective "derive" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Obtain something from (a specified source)
  1. 'Recent years have seen considerable criticism and hostility regarding efforts of both courts and commentators to derive constitutional rights from sources other than explicit constitutional language.'
  2. 'These data suggest that the bulk of the detritus was derived from local sources.'
  3. 'We tell ourselves that we live in the world's greatest democracy, one whose government derives its powers from the consent of the governed.'
  4. 'Indeed, scientists who reject the evolutionary approach are free to derive hypotheses from whatever other sources they wish, including intuition, observation, or psychic cats.'
  5. 'Stem cells can be derived from sources other than embryos - from adult cells, from umbilical cords that are discarded after babies are born, from human placentas.'
  6. 'However, the practitioners of this art were not medical, and there is little evidence that the doctors of those times derived any knowledge from this potentially rich source of anatomical material.'
  7. 'In my view help in answering that question can be derived from two sources.'
  8. 'Healthy rivers and lakes are vital not only because we derive our drinking water from these sources but they are also a means where we and our children pass the time through walks, fishing, swimming, canoeing etc.'
  9. 'Most of the budget is derived from other sources such as publication revenue.'
  10. 'Further, the research reveals that half of the genetic components were derived from African sources and that African cotton farmers ‘actively experimented’ with new cotton varieties.'
  11. 'some maintain that he derived the idea of civil disobedience from Thoreau'
  12. 'It is from respect for such differences that the democrat derives his belief in equality.'
  13. 'Finally, I argued that since the two procedures are derived from the same conceptual foundations, they are essentially complementary.'
  14. 'The author strongly suggests to any critics that before responding to this item, they first download the work cited in footnote 16 and ensure that their arguments are derived from and based on the authority of the Bible.'
  15. 'This reasoning derives some justification from an economic argument based on ease of prosecution: such trivial offences are not worth the public expenditure of prosecution and court time in proving fault.'
  16. 'Where ‘natural’ here stands for the appearance of freedom from conventional rules of artifice; this concept is derived from the second sense of ‘nature’ given above.'
  17. 'For a new system the problem statement would be derived from a revolutionary new concept or technology, mission needs statement, operational requirements document, and stakeholder issues.'
  18. 'Learner-centered practices are derived from the knowledge base and ongoing research on both learners and learning.'
  19. 'As noted above, these checklists have been derived from an extensive survey of literature on literacy in the workplace.'
  20. 'the word ‘punch’ derives from the Hindustani ‘pancha’'
  21. 'The word copper comes from the Latin word cuprum and this derives from the Greek work Kyprus.'
  22. 'This process was called retting (a name which, unsurprisingly, derives from the same root as rot).'
  23. 'In etymological terms, the word Maremma derives from the Latin mare, or sea, and is related to the French marais.'
  24. 'As many writers have noted, our English words cosmos and cosmetics derive from the same ancient Greek root for universe and ornamentation.'
  25. 'The term derives from the ancient Greek word kanon, which designated a straight rod, ruler, or exemplary model.'
  26. 'The word derives from a Middle English expression, trenden, meaning to revolve.'
  27. 'The word here is possibly derived from the magpie, a noisy, chattering bird.'
  28. 'The English phrase joss money derives from the Portuguese word deos, meaning god.'
  29. 'Polis is a triple star in the upper part of the bow, whose name derives from the Coptic word for a foal.'
  30. 'The word syrup derives from the same Arabic root as the word sherbet.'
  31. 'words whose spelling derives from Dr Johnson's incorrect etymology'
  32. 'Rather, what it does demonstrate is a shared outlook deriving from a common ideological source.'
  33. 'Funding for the operations, modernization, and support would derive from three sources.'
  34. 'But it would be a long time before you came up with a source of happiness that derived from the beneficence of government.'
  35. 'Meteoric water, derived from the atmosphere, originates and falls to the Earth as precipitation.'
  36. 'His only source of food derives from the charity and goodwill of devotees and locals.'
  37. 'The only requirement is that any new applications derived from the source code be made available for free.'
  38. 'Yet another source of public confusion derives from psychologists themselves.'
  39. 'The account in the Library might derive from the same source.'
  40. 'Most black pigments derive from natural sources, although some processing or preparation might be involved.'
  41. 'They are derived from many sources, and occur in stories all over Europe and in India.'
  42. 'You can safely derive the true statement "I am not a Syrian" from the statement "I am an Israeli".'
  43. 'What kind of rule(s) are needed to derive passive sentences?'
  44. 'Since olestra is derived from fat molecules, it has similar chemical and physical properties.'
  45. 'Since gelatin is derived from collagen, it is composed of various amino acids.'
  46. 'It is concentrated in this plant's leaves and is derived from pyridine molecules.'
  47. 'He worked on how to derive class number relations from modular equations.'
  48. 'The fractional form that we have derived is called the continued fraction.'
  49. 'There were many long calculations, deriving one formula from another to solve a differential equation.'

More definitions

1. to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).

2. to trace from a source or origin.

3. to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.

4. Chemistry. to produce or obtain (a substance) from another. verb (used without object), derived, deriving.

5. to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).

More examples(as adjective)

"sentences can be derive from languages."

"goats can be derive from pastures."

"corps can be derive from activities."

"people can be derive."

"variants can be derive."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘draw a fluid through or into a channel’): from Old French deriver or Latin derivare, from de- ‘down, away’ + rivus ‘brook, stream’.