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definition of the word radical

by the Wiktionnary

< French radical < Late Latin radicalis (of or pertaining to the root, having roots, radical) < Latin radix (root); see radix.

radical (comparative more radical, superlative most radical)


more radical

most radical

  1. (botany, not comparable) Of or pertaining to a root (of a plant).
  2. Of or pertaining to the intrinsic nature of something.
  3. Thoroughgoing.
    The spread of the cancer required radical surgery, and the entire organ was removed.
  4. Favouring fundamental change, or change at the root cause of a matter.
    His beliefs are radical.
  5. (linguistics, not comparable) Of or pertaining to the root of a word.
  6. (chemistry, not comparable) Involving free radicals
  7. (slang) Excellent.
    That was a radical jump!

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