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Word: derivation

Definition: deriving; origin or source of something; Ex. the derivation of the word


Sentences Containing 'derivation'

When I asked him if he could do without money, he showed the convenience of money in such a way as to suggest and coincide with the most philosophical accounts of the origin of this institution, and the very derivation of the word pecunia.
Rudimentary organs may be compared with the letters in a word, still retained in the spelling, but become useless in the pronunciation, but which serve as a clue for its derivation.
But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained.

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