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[dras-tik] /ˈdræs tɪk/
acting with force or violence; violent.
extremely severe or extensive:
a drastic tax-reduction measure.
Origin of drastic
1685-95; < Greek drastikós active, equivalent to drast(ós) (verbal adjective of drân to do) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
drastically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drastic
  • But, seriously, many of the colleges represented here are facing challenges that may require some major and even drastic changes.
  • If it is not, more drastic action will be required, which might make a big dent in economic growth.
  • But scientists agree that drastic measures will be needed to avert the ocean crises being created by climate change.
  • We are rapidly running out of time to control and avoid drastic climate change.
  • In the less drastic scenario, lawn watering would be restricted to two days a week, if water supplies allow.
  • At any rate, it seemed possible for me to write full-time without a drastic a change in our lifestyle.
  • The report urges drastic policy changes to the ways in which natural resources are used.
  • Collapse of their populations could have drastic effects on all oxygen-breathing life on the planet.
  • City officials continue to oversee a drastic change in the town's economy: from coal mining to data mining.
  • The government points out that it has tried less drastic ways of reducing the tempo menace.
British Dictionary definitions for drastic


extreme or forceful; severe
Derived Forms
drastically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek drastikos, from dran to do, act
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Word Origin and History for drastic

1690s, originally medical, "forceful, vigorous, especially in effect on bowels," from Greek drastikos "effective, efficacious; active, violent," from drasteon "(thing) to be done," from dran "to do, act, perform." Sense of "extreme, severe" is first recorded 1808. Related: Drastically.

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