Derivative vs Variant

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  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    If B is a derivative of A, then A came first and B arose out of it.
    If B is a variant of A, they may both have arisen from some third, earlier, version.

    Put crudely, twins are derivatives of their parents, and variants of each other (and also of their parents).
     
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