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 (dĭ-rŏg′ə-tĭv, dĕr′ə-gā′-)
1. Tending to derogate; detractive.
2. Disparaging; derogatory.

de·rog′a·tive·ly adv.
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Adj.1.derogative - expressive of low opinion; "derogatory comments"; "disparaging remarks about the new house"
uncomplimentary - tending to (or intended to) detract or disparage
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The students characterized such behavior as "stupid" and expressed their disapproval by gasping in a derogative fashion.
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