1. an insufficient quantity or number

    Synonyms : paucity
    Type Of : scarceness, scarcity
  2. an acute insufficiency

    Synonyms : famine, shortage
    Type Of : deficiency, lack, want


  1. fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

    Examples :
    • such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing
    • disparate ideas
  2. including markedly dissimilar elements

    Examples :
    • a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers


  1. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

    Synonyms : coy, overmodest


  1. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

    Synonyms : degrade, disgrace, put down, take down
    Type Of : abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify


  1. compulsory force or threat

    Type Of : force
    Examples :
    • confessed under duress


  1. cause to become widely known

    Synonyms : broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
    Type Of : publicize, publicise, bare, air


  1. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

    Synonyms : derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative
    Type Of : reckoning, computation, calculation, figuring
  2. a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

    Synonyms : derivative instrument
    Type Of : legal instrument, official document, legal document, instrument
  3. a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound

    Type Of : compound, chemical compound
  4. (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

    Type Of : word
    Examples :
    • `electricity' is a derivative of `electric'
  5. resulting from or employing derivation

    Examples :
    • a derivative process
    • a highly derivative prose style


  1. show the form or outline of

    Synonyms : define
    Type Of : show
  2. determine the essential quality of

    Synonyms : define, delimit, delimitate, specify
    Type Of : be
  3. make a mark or lines on a surface

    Synonyms : describe, draw, line, trace
    Type Of : mark
  4. represented accurately or precisely

    Synonyms : delineated, represented
  5. trace the shape of

    Synonyms : limn, outline
    Type Of : draw
  6. describe in vivid detail

    Type Of : draw, depict, describe


  1. discontented as toward authority

    Synonyms : ill-affected, malcontent, rebellious


  1. reason by deduction; establish by deduction

    Synonyms : deduce, deduct, infer
    Type Of : conclude, reason out, reason
  2. come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

    Synonyms : come, descend
  3. develop or evolve from a latent or potential state

    Synonyms : educe
    Type Of : create, make
  4. obtain

    Synonyms : gain
    Type Of : obtain
    Examples :
    • derive pleasure from one's garden
  5. come from

    Type Of : evolve
    Examples :
    • The present name derives from an older form