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radical

English

Etymology

Latin radicalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
radical

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of or pertaining to the root of a word.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Involving free radicals
  7. (slang) Excellent.
    That was a radical jump!

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Noun

Singular
radical

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A member of the most progressive wing of the Liberal Party; someone favouring social reform (but generally stopping short of socialism).
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A member of an influential, centrist political party favouring moderate social reform, a republican constitution, and secular politics.
  3. A person with radical opinions.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A root (of a number or quantity).
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In logographic writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its meaning, as opposed to phonetic.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In Semitic languages, any one of the set of consonants (typically three) that make up a root.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A group of atoms, joined by covalent bonds, that take part in reactions as a single unit.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A free radical.

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

Singular Plural
Masculine radical
IPA: /ʁa.di.kal/
radicaux
IPA: /ʁa.di.kɔ/
Feminine radicale
IPA: /ʁa.di.kal/
radicales
IPA: /ʁa.di.kal/

radical m.

  1. radical

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