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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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  • Scientists and engineers are trying to develop long-shot technologies that could drastically change the energy game.
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  • The approach, materials, and design may be drastically different from one creature to another.
British Dictionary definitions for drastically


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 drastically



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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