Radical is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand radical (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use radical in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of radical, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of radical, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
EXAMPLES - Radical in a Sentence
- Even the word radical was a seductive conceptual trap. (source)
- It is sometimes what I call the radical center of politics. (source)
- The word radical comes from the Latin word radis, which means roots. (source)
- The Islamists, as he calls radical fundamentalists, were a spent force. (source)
- The Latin origin of the word radical is the same as for the word "root." (source)
- Mr. Alinsky encouraged the use of the word "radical" to describe himself. (source)
- Why do some people persist in using the term radical to describe people on the far right? (source)
- Still ahead, alumni take on what they call radical professors at major American universities. (source)
- And in fact, to continue to take the fight to what he called radical Islamists around the world. (source)
- SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: We keep talking about the long term radical associations of Barack Obama. (source)
- Within the last decade, there has been a rise in anti-Israel rhetoric by what he calls the radical left. (source)
- CROWLEY: Senator Durbin, I have heard the phrase radical right now in most of the Democratic response to it. (source)
- The rejection of (i) commits connectionists to what is sometimes called radical or eliminativist connectionism. (source)
- The Brady Campaign accuses Starbucks of evading rather than confronting what it describes as radical gun owners. (source)
- As the term radical has morphed and evolved over the years, it has also been saddled with a negative connotation. (source)
- The White House also accusing the Democrats of trying to appease what it called radical groups such as MoveOn. org. (source)
- McConnell warns his supporters that he will be in a battle against what he calls radical national liberal organizations. (source)
- Obama administration, categorically refuse to even use the term "radical Islam" in order to excise the term from the American vernacular. (source)
- One of those students, Dennis Lennox, says Rao caters to what he called the radical left and "will not be a friend to traditionalist Virginians." (source)
- By using the word "radical," Mr. Gingrich deliberately chose to echo the liberal critics who want to write the Ryan plan out of respectable political debate. (source)
- Critics cite her membership in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which they call radical but which supporters say is a respected civil-rights group. (source)
- Business & Finance Intel will use a new breed of three-dimensional transistors in its next generation of chips in what it calls a radical shift in semiconductor technology. (source)
- Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, international program director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, noted that Oliver used the term "radical" for people who object to the pipeline. (source)
- Some of us were taught, way back in high school civics class, that the term radical existed on one end of the so-called political spectrum and referred to someone on the far left. (source)
- But while there is a desire to innovate, actually getting new services to market is rare, and what we call radical innovation-new services that dramatically change the marketplace-is even rarer. (source)
- Robins then offered what he called a radical solution to the country's economic woes: abandon the Federal Reserve, eliminate the income tax and limit the government to its constitutional authority. (source)
- PILGRIM: And this month, in another language shift, President Bush began using the term radical Islam or Islamic radicals, and today repeatedly and emphatically used both terms in a speech in Norfolk, Virginia. (source)
- Now, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino today teed off on that, charging that Democrats know this is a flawed strategy, so all they're doing here is political posturing, and trying to appease what she called radical anti-war groups. (source)
- And he'd always thought about the Supreme Court as a possible place anyway, and so he lobbied for himself, and he had a lot of what we call radical, or progressive, spokesman like Charles Sumner, who is just above that picture you've got of the Supreme Court. (source)
- TUCHMAN: Under medical supervision, he only drank protein shakes, exercised regularly and went off in this RV on what he called a radical sabbatical, a journey to each of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, including the home of his beloved San Diego Padres. (source)
- TUCHMAN: Under medical supervision, he only drank protein shakes, exercised regularly, and went off in this RV on what he called a radical sabbatical, a journey to each of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, including the home of his beloved San Diego Padres. (source)
- Lipset coined the term radical right in 1955 to describe radical groups opposed to social reforms and foreign interventionism Friedrich Hayek wrote that it was incorrect to represent the political spectrum as a line with socialists on the left, conservatives on the right and liberals in the middle. (source)
- It would seem to me that as countries like Egypt have been wrestling with what we call radical Islam for far, far longer than we have been wrestling with it here in the West (the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928), so I guess it seems unlikely to me that there's not a native Arabic word or adjective for this type of ideology. (source)
- As Chris Sciabarra never tires of teaching us, the term radical derives from radix, root; a radical was originally someone whose analysis or action supposedly went to the root of social phenomena, and someone who was radicalized was someone whose focus and action were driven from the superficial elements of the situation to its roots. (source)
- And when it snowed, the tiny flakes smothering the drab brown of the landscape, the thinking machine stood exposed and allowed himself to be smothered until he too was nearly concealed by the whiteness; then he could pretend to be actually part of the universe he studied with such devotion; though alive, he could pretend to possess none of the attributes of life, and thus be closer to the mysterious cosmic forces that had forced him to embrace what he called his radical peace. (source)
- Pitch must be considered under three heads: first, as referring to the prevailing elevation of tone assumed by the voice in the reading of a whole sentence, passage, or selection, called _general_ or _sentential pitch_; second, as referring to the degree of elevation assumed by the voice in the utterance of the opening, or radical, of any syllable, called _initial_ or _radical pitch_; third, as referring to the tone-width of the intervals in the utterance of the syllable concrete. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 41.0, which suggests that "radical" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 22 synonyms for radical.
basal, bottom, cardinal, constitutional, deep-seated, essential, foundational, inherent, innate, intrinsic, meat-and-potatoes, native, natural, organic, original, primal, primary, primitive, profound, thoroughgoing, underlying, vital
We have 10 antonyms for radical.
conservative, extrinsic, inessential, minor, moderate, nonessential, secondary, superficial, unimportant, unnatural
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of radical from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Arising from or going to a root or source; basic: proposed a radical solution to the problem.
- (adjective) Departing markedly from the usual or customary; extreme: radical opinions on education.
- (adjective) Favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions: radical political views.
- (adjective) Linguistics Of or being a root: a radical form.
- (adjective) Botany Arising from the root or its crown: radical leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Favouring fundamental change, or change at the root cause of a matter.
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to a root (of a plant).
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to the intrinsic nature of something.
- (adjective) Thoroughgoing.
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to the root of a word.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root.
- (adjective) Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or origin; reaching to the center, to the foundation, to the ultimate sources, to the principles, or the like; original; fundamental; thorough-going; unsparing; extreme
- (adjective) Belonging to, or proceeding from, the root of a plant.
- (adjective) Proceeding from a rootlike stem, or one which does not rise above the ground.
- (adjective) Relating, or belonging, to the root, or ultimate source of derivation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Pertaining or relating to a root or to roots.
- (None) Specifically— In botany, belonging to the root: opposed to cauline. See radical leaves and radical peduncle, below.
- (None) In philology, of the nature of or pertaining to a root, or a primary or underived word or main part of a word: as, a radical word; a radical letter or syllable; radical accentuation.
- (None) In mathematics, consisting of or indicating one of the roots of a number: as, a radical expression; the radical sign.
- (None) In chem., noting any atom or group of atoms which is, for the moment, regarded as a chief constituent of the molecules of a given compound, and which does not lose its integrity in the ordinary chemical reactions to which the substance is liable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
- (noun) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
- (adjective) especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem
- (noun) (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
- (adjective) of or relating to or constituting a linguistic root