Radical – complete or fundamental
To remember the definition of the word radical, use the following mnemonic:
The radish cull (radical) had to be complete and thorough because the crop had taken over the garden.
Used in a political sense, radical means favouring revolutionary changes in the social structure.
Much has been said about people being "radicalised", which means they have been persuaded to take fundamental, or extreme, religious views.
Examples of radical in a sentence
The political party voted for radical change in its structure, from the grassroots right up to the leadership.
The conservative leaders of the church were not interested in radical new ideas.
Radical schemes are needed to transform the depressed economy.