derivation

Derivation is fancy word for the origin or root of something.

Derivation is most often used in reference to abstract concepts — such as words, names or ideas. The derivation of the word derivation is the Latin derivationem, meaning "a leading off or turning away from." For the origin of more physical things, we tend to use root or source: "Stanley wasn't looking for the derivation of the Nile; he was looking for its source."

Definitions of derivation
  1. noun
    the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
    “he prefers shoes of Italian derivation
    “music of Turkish derivation
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    type of:
    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  2. noun
    the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin
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    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  3. noun
    drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
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    type of:
    drawing, drawing off
    act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
  4. noun
    drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
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    type of:
    drawing, drawing off
    act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
  5. noun
    inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
    synonyms: ancestry, filiation, lineage
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    types:
    descent, extraction, origin
    properties attributable to your ancestry
    bloodline, pedigree
    ancestry of a purebred animal
    full blood
    descent from parents both of one pure breed
    type of:
    hereditary pattern, inheritance
    (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
  6. noun
    a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
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    type of:
    illation, inference
    the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
  7. noun
    (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
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    types:
    eponymy
    the derivation of a general name from that of a famous person
    type of:
    linguistic process
    a process involved in human language
  8. noun
    (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
    synonyms: deriving, etymologizing
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    type of:
    account, explanation
    a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
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