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radical

adjective (a)

  • of or relating to or constituting a linguistic root (adj.pert)
    Example:
    A radical verb form.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 (adj.all)
    Synonym: basal
    Antonym: cauline
    Example:
    Radical leaves.
    source: wordnet30
  • Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • an atom or group of atoms with at least one unpaired electron; in the body it is usually an oxygen molecule that has lost an electron and will stabilize itself by stealing an electron from a nearby molecule (noun.substance)
    Synonym: free radical
    Example:
    In the body free radicals are high-energy particles that ricochet wildly and damage cells.
    source: wordnet30
  • a person who has radical ideas or opinions (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity (noun.quantity)
    source: wordnet30
  • a character conveying the lexical meaning of a logogram (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed (noun.communication)
    Synonym: base, root, root word, stem, theme
    source: wordnet30
  • A primitive word; a radix, root, or simple, underived, uncompounded word; an etymon. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • (used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm (adj.all)
    Synonym: extremist, ultra
    Example:
    Radical opinions on education.
    source: wordnet30
  • markedly new or introducing radical change (adj.all)
    Synonym: revolutionary
    Example:
    Radical political views.
    source: wordnet30
  • arising from or going to the root or source (adj.all)
    Example:
    A radical flaw in the plan.
    source: wordnet30

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