with regard to origin or root.
in a complete or basic manner; thoroughly; fundamentally.

Origin of radically

First recorded in 1600–10; radical + -ly
Related formsnon·rad·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of radically

Historical Examples of radically

  • A paper read by this class of readers must be radically wrong.

  • Wide and radically sweeping are the changes in woman's social outlook.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • The principle is bad, radically rotten, and cannot be amended.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • These, while somewhat similar to those in England, yet radically differ.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • Externally similar in one respect to Socialism, they radically differ.


    John Spargo

British Dictionary definitions for radically



thoroughly; completely; fundamentallyto 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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