Definitions for drasticˈdræs tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dras•ticˈdræs tɪk(adj.)

  1. acting with force or violence; violent.

  2. extremely severe or extensive:

    drastic cuts in spending.

Origin of drastic:

1685–95; < Gk drastikós efficient, drastic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. drastic(adj)

    forceful and extreme and rigorous

    "drastic measures"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. drastic(adjective)ˈdræs tɪk

    (of actions) having a strong effect

    Drastic changes are needed.; Her solution was too drastic.


  1. drastic(Adjective)

    Extreme, severe.

    If our third attempt fails, we may need drastic ideas.

  2. drastic(Adjective)

    Acting rapidly or violently.

  3. drastic(Adjective)

    Extremely severe or extensive.

  4. Origin: δραστικός, from δρᾶσις, itself from δράω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drastic(adj)

    acting rapidly and violently; efficacious; powerful; -- opposed to bland; as, drastic purgatives

  2. Drastic(noun)

    a violent purgative. See Cathartic

Translations for drastic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


violent, severe and having a wide effect

At this point they decided to take drastic action.

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