radical etymology

English word radical comes from Latin -alis, Proto-Indo-European *wréh₂ds (Root.)

Detailed word origin of radical

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-alis Latin (lat) Used to form adjectives of relationship from nouns or numerals.
*wréh₂ds Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Root.
*wrād-ī- Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
radicem Latin (lat)
radicalis Late Latin (LL)
rādīcālis Late Latin (LL)
radicalis Latin (lat) Having roots. Radical.
radical French (fra) (linguistics, grammar) radical, root Radical.
radical English (eng) (botany, not comparable) Pertaining to a root (of a plant).. (chemistry, not comparable) Involving free radicals.. (lexicography, not comparable) Of or pertaining to the root of a word.. (math) Relating to a radix or mathematical root.. (phonology, phonetics, not comparable, of a sound) Produced using the root of the tongue.. (slang, 1980s & 1990s) Excellent; awesome.. Favoring fundamental [...]

Words with the same origin as radical

Descendants of -alis
actor animal capital card central channel chatter corner criminal funeral general hospital hotel legal master mental natural personal real royal social states total trial usual
Descendants of *wréh₂ds
orchard provocation quality race radiant radiation radiator radio radioactive radiology radius ray region root roots