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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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  • The effect on the boy of this startling manifestation was not radically beneficial, as he himself concedes.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • A paper read by this class of readers must be radically wrong.

  • When in power he instituted tax and land reforms and radically altered the legal system.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Wide and radically sweeping are the changes in woman's social outlook.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • No more did this metamorphosis of Masonry, so to name it, take place suddenly or radically, as it has become the fashion to think.

    The Builders Joseph Fort Newton
British Dictionary definitions for radically


thoroughly; completely; fundamentally: to alter radically
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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