radical Definition

  • 1relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough
  • 2advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social change; representing or supporting an extreme or progressive section of a political party

Using radical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "radical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The company needs to make some radical changes to stay competitive.

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    She has a radical approach to solving problems.

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    He is a member of a radical political group.

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    The new law represents a radical departure from previous policies.

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    The patient underwent a radical surgery to remove the tumor.

radical Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using radical

  • to become more extreme or militant in one's beliefs or actions


    After the government crackdown, some members of the opposition went radical and began advocating for violent resistance.

  • a fashionable or trendy interest in radical or revolutionary politics or causes, often without a deep understanding or commitment to them


    Some people accused the celebrities of engaging in radical chic by wearing Che Guevara t-shirts and attending protests without really understanding the issues.

  • radical makeover

    a complete and dramatic transformation of one's appearance or lifestyle


    After her divorce, she decided to undergo a radical makeover, dyeing her hair and getting a tattoo.

Phrases with radical

  • a perspective within feminism that calls for a radical reordering of society in which male supremacy is eliminated in all social and economic contexts


    Radical feminism seeks to dismantle patriarchy and create a society where gender equality is the norm.

  • a complete and fundamental transformation of something


    The company underwent a radical change in its business model, shifting from a product-based to a service-based approach.

  • a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that advocates for a strict adherence to Islamic law and the establishment of an Islamic state


    Radical Islam has been a source of conflict and violence in many parts of the world.

Origins of radical

from Latin 'radix', meaning 'root'


Summary: radical in Brief

The term 'radical' [ˈradɪkl] refers to something that affects the fundamental nature of a thing or advocates for complete political or social change. It can describe a wide range of things, from a thorough approach to problem-solving to an extreme political stance. Examples include 'The company needs to make some radical changes to stay competitive.' and 'He is a member of a radical political group.' Idioms like 'go radical' and 'radical chic' describe becoming more extreme in one's beliefs or adopting trendy radical politics without a deep understanding of them.

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