Adjective "radical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
  1. '‘This marks a radical change in the paradigm for selling time on television networks,’ he says.'
  2. 'The reason for this kind of fear-mongering is obvious: it's a way to gin up support for radical reforms.'
  3. 'The rest of the time, they assumed that economic rationalism implies support for radical free-market reform.'
  4. 'Efforts to improve air quality in York are not radical enough to make a real difference, councillors have claimed.'
  5. 'Are the arguments of those who predict a radical change in the nature of 21st century wars that groundless after all?'
  6. '‘The question,’ he added, ‘is whether the Executive is actually up for radical change?’'
  7. 'The proposal makes sweeping, radical changes in the law, but the regulatory analysis does not reflect them.'
  8. 'This will undergo a radical change, with an extension to the northbound M606 and a new routing system around it.'
  9. 'The people are exhausted from the radical changes that affect their way of life.'
  10. 'Des Ball says the Intelligence system needs radical overhaul.'
  11. 'the assumption of radical differences between the mental attributes of literate and non-literate peoples'
  12. 'We want to make a radical difference to the prospects and perception of the town.'
  13. 'Since independence, an emergent class structure has become apparent in urban sectors with radical differences in wealth between the rich and poor.'
  14. 'It should be easy enough to guess the reason for this radical difference in behaviour.'
  15. 'The chapter demonstrates that fantasies and day dreams may have radical differences in both structure and content, depending on the use to which we put them.'
  16. 'As for the property rights of authors to their works, the consequences of these differences are radical.'
  17. 'Here, and elsewhere in the installation, one radical difference between the classical and modern sculptures was made evident.'
  18. 'Only those who do not understand the radical difference between the movement of socialist women and bourgeois suffragettes can think this way.'
  19. 'There's a radical difference between this kind of traditionalist politics and laissez-faire conservative politics.'
  20. 'Iceland displays some radical cultural differences with its temporary American inhabitants.'
  21. 'These radical differences reveal crucial changes in American culture.'
  22. 'Men could then be offered radical surgery if their test results showed a worsening trend.'
  23. 'She continued to practise here, despite further radical surgery for a separate primary carcinoma.'
  24. 'Options include radical prostatectomy, conformal radiotherapy or brachytherapy, hormone treatment, and active monitoring.'
  25. 'By the seventeenth century, more radical treatments, often chemical, came into fashion and the gentle, gradual, and individualized diet fell out of favour.'
  26. 'The principal concern is that age bias will lead to the use of palliative therapies as opposed to curative treatments and radical surgical procedures in older adult patients.'
  27. 'More serious cancers, however, will require radical surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy.'
  28. 'Each of the main treatments radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, and monitoring has risks.'
  29. 'The rest of the pamphlet contained a list of treatment options ranging from modified radical mastectomy to hormonal therapy.'
  30. 'Urinary incontinence is very common, but most people do not desire or require radical treatment.'
  31. 'All the control lymph nodes were removed as part of radical surgeries for malignant disease conditions and were negative for malignancy.'
Advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social change; representing or supporting an extreme or progressive section of a political party.
  1. 'Wales has always had strong left wing and radical political parties and leaders.'
  2. 'We could well have a more radical left-wing party with some trade union support while on the right the Eurosceptics might have gone and formed a new party.'
  3. 'So we can have all sorts of radical parties in politics making change there.'
  4. 'She has been the most radical advocate of the party's adoption of an independent stance in elections.'
  5. 'A radical working class carried out a general strike in 1917 and provoked two states of siege.'
  6. 'Western colonies of radical workers sprang up in the 1880s and 1890s.'
  7. 'Later it emerged that they belonged to the radical left-wing organisation November 17.'
  8. 'But they were captives of the extreme radical elements in their party, for whom the Green movement was not essentially a political cause but a spiritual one.'
  9. 'She was supported by all the left and radical parties including the NSSP as well as all the various bourgeois and petty bourgeois Tamil parties.'
  10. 'The more radical Jewish political activists have been involved in unions and socialism.'
  11. 'He was elected as MP for Stirling Burghs in 1868, and gained a reputation as a radical Liberal.'
  12. 'It is unfortunate that most people are not in a position to come into contact, let alone sympathize, with radical musical ideas.'
  13. 'A radical alternative to this approach, one that would expose patients to the full price of drugs, is reference pricing.'
  14. 'Here we would like to entertain the more radical idea that the underlying laws governing those individual phenomena are themselves of statistical origin.'
  15. 'Many of the widely known Chinese artists presented variations - some slight, some radical - on the type of work that made their reputation.'
  16. 'That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation - most Americans should be taking vitamins.'
  17. 'His early 1980s TV show seemed radical at the time.'
  18. 'For most teachers, then, doing things that make a difference would mean working in radical ways within a mainstream school.'
  19. 'A radical agenda and innovative ideas for a second term of Labour-led government are being thrashed out by ministers and senior party figures in private this weekend.'
  20. 'But in New York, the gifted young sculptor became a sort of society vanguardist whose soigne work was rooted in radical ideas that he made palatable.'
  21. 'When von Neumann proposed this architecture in 1945, it was a radical idea.'
Denoting or relating to the roots of a word.
    Relating to or forming the root of a number or quantity.
      Of, or springing direct from, the root or stem base of a plant.
        Very good; excellent.


          A person who advocates thorough or complete political or social change, or a member of a political party or section of a party pursuing such aims.
          1. 'Chao was surrounded by the ideas of political radicals and heard songs of protest sung beneath a portrait of Che Guevara.'
          2. 'It was used to crack down on radicals and political dissenters after anarchists exploded a bomb outside the home of Attorney General Mitchell Palmer in 1919.'
          3. 'It was founded by radicals who had been members of the Socialist Workers Party or other political tendencies that had left that organization.'
          4. 'Miller was neither a social radical nor a pioneer of scientific thought.'
          5. 'The party has not tried to disguise its new deregulatory approach, which is causing unease among party radicals and old-style social democrats.'
          6. 'Because she's a radical, in the true sense: striking at the root.'
          7. 'The parliamentary Greens went along with the radicals because they knew if they didn't the radicals would splinter the party.'
          8. 'He attributed the rise of radicals more to social tensions that followed the 1998 economic and political crisis.'
          9. 'Rohm was not really a social or political radical.'
          10. 'He was essentially a middle-class radical rather than a champion of the working-class claim to representation in parliament.'
          A group of atoms behaving as a unit in a number of compounds.
          1. 'The hydroxyl radical is very damaging and can react with many substances.'
          2. 'Marcel Nicolet resolved some of this discrepancy by showing how reactive molecular fragments called radicals convert ozone molecules back into O 2.'
          The root or base form of a word.
          1. 'Finally, the Lexical Decision test is a measure of children's right-left spatial reversals of Chinese radicals.'
          2. 'Sho is an ideograph that is comprised of two radicals meaning ‘cloth’ and ‘knife’.'
          3. 'It is for this reason also, that the character xin does not contain the radical for ‘body part’, and is the only zang which does not.'
          A quantity forming or expressed as the root of another.
          1. 'In high school we are taught the quadratic formula which provides the roots of any quadratic equation in terms of radicals involving the coefficients of the equation.'
          2. 'In 1845 Wantzel, continuing his researches into equations, gave a new proof of the impossibility of solving all algebraic equations by radicals.'


          1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.

          2. thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.

          3. favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms: radical ideas; radical and anarchistic ideologues.

          4. favoring, supporting, or representing extreme forms of religious fundamentalism: radical Muslims.

          5. forming a basis or foundation.

          6. existing in

          More examples(as adjective)

          "companies can be radical in things."

          "policies can be radical of organizations."

          "people can be radical in religions."

          "parties can be radical in deeds."

          "jokes can be radical as fartings."

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          Late Middle English (in the senses ‘forming the root’ and ‘inherent’): from late Latin radicalis, from Latin radix, radic- ‘root’.