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Is there a word that means the same as the source or origin when generally referring to derivation (the process) or a derivative (the end result)?

Specifically one that would be textually similar to derive/derivation/derivative.

ex. "Derivation of [the source] produces 5 derivatives".

  • What's wrong with just using "source"? – Kevin Workman Feb 2 '16 at 14:25
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    Considering the etymology of derive, the word source is appropriate even though it isn't "textually similar". – Lawrence Feb 2 '16 at 14:33
  • Integral? I don't think there's a word textually similar. – NVZ Feb 2 '16 at 14:46
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    Loosely speaking, derivation from cognates produces derivatives. – FumbleFingers Feb 2 '16 at 15:11
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    Well, in this case, then the answer is no. I'm fairly certain you won't find a term that is 'textually similar' to derive in this context (meaning 'source'), because the word derive itself means 'flow from', this same 'flow' as a English river, which shares its root origin. You could make a stretch of a connection and use the term fundamental, which shares a root origin with fount, which is contextually related to river. :) – Tim Ward Feb 2 '16 at 16:25
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This might completely off the mark, but how about "the original"?

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    +1 This surely works in copyright which concerns original works and derivative works. – bib Feb 2 '16 at 15:53
  • "original" is not textually similar to "derive", but it is to "origin" or "originate". – StingyJack Feb 2 '16 at 16:02
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    A textually similar word to "derive" with that meaning probably doesn't exist. – Zbyněk Dráb Feb 2 '16 at 16:21
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"Derivation of the underlying (product) produces derivatives".

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