One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her poetry was mannered and derivative’
imitative, unoriginal, uninventive, non-innovative, unimaginative, uninspired
copied, plagiarized, plagiaristic, second-hand, secondary, echoic
trite, hackneyed, clichéd, stale, tired, worn out, flat, rehashed, warmed-up, stock, banal
informal copycat, cribbed, old hat, hacky
1‘laudanum is a derivative of opium’
by-product, spin-off, offshoot, subsidiary product
2‘the word ‘samurai’ is a derivative of a verb meaning ‘to serve’’
derived word, descendant
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