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[rad-ik-lee] /ˈræd ɪk li/
with regard to origin or root.
in a complete or basic manner; thoroughly; fundamentally.
Origin of radically
1600-10; radical + -ly
Related forms
nonradically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for radically
  • Yet in both cities, the number of riders radically exceeded expectations.
  • He noted what many mountaineers had noted before: that as he climbed, the plant life changed radically.
  • Alas, no other fruit has been so radically transformed by industrial agriculture.
  • Different types of travel require radically different equipment choices.
  • Pro basketball has changed radically over the last four decades.
  • Since then, their way of working has not changed radically.
  • Some have argued that higher education must be radically transformed or it will face extinction.
  • Of course libraries and librarians are changing radically.
  • Most departments will never willingly provide that information because it is radically against their interest to do so.
  • Technology and medicine have changed the drivers of evolution radically.
British Dictionary definitions for radically


thoroughly; completely; fundamentally: to alter radically
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Word Origin and History for radically

c.1600, "thoroughly;" 1620s with reference to roots and origins, from radical (adj.) + -ly (2).

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