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American English: /ˈrædək(ə)l/
British English: /ˈradɪk(ə)l/

Translation of radical in Spanish:


  • 1 (far-reaching)
    radical surgery
    cirugía (feminine) radical
    Example sentences
    • Both groups would be affected by a radical change in the business climate.
    • Are the arguments of those who predict a radical change in the nature of 21st century wars that groundless after all?
    • The people are exhausted from the radical changes that affect their way of life.
  • 2
    de ideas radicales
    de tendencia radical
    Example sentences
    • Wales has always had strong left wing and radical political parties and leaders.
    • She has been the most radical advocate of the party's adoption of an independent stance in elections.
    • Hard-liners formed a radical political party, more extremist than any other.
  • 3 (new and daring)
    radicalmente nuevo
    Example sentences
    • Given the extent to which it is taken for granted today, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the truly innovative and radical approach Frege took to logic.
    • The resulting album attracted two nominations in the Radio 2 folk awards with its radical approach to traditional music.
    • She calls for a radical re-examination of traditional approaches to accountability, transparency and press freedom.


  • 1 (person)
    Example sentences
    • The party has not tried to disguise its new deregulatory approach, which is causing unease among party radicals and old-style social democrats.
    • I try to be a radical in political and social ways, but I'm a terrible conservative when it comes to technology.
    • Rohm was not really a social or political radical.
  • 2 (Chemistry)
    Example sentences
    • Examples of compounds or groups that accept anions include the nitrate and hydroxide radicals.
    • Marcel Nicolet resolved some of this discrepancy by showing how reactive molecular fragments called radicals convert ozone molecules back into O 2.
    • Subsequent oxidation-reduction reactions can also produce superoxide anions, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals.
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