What does drastic mean?

Definitions for drasticˈdræs tɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word drastic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drastic(adj)

    forceful and extreme and rigorous

    "drastic measures"


  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

  3. Origin: [Gr. , fr. to do, act: cf. F. drastique. See Drama.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drastic

    dras′tik, adj. active, powerful.—n. a medicine that purges quickly or thoroughly.—adv. Dras′tically. [Gr. drastikosdraein, to act, to do.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drastic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drastic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    Good drama must be drastic.

  2. Zara Patel:

    This can (and often does) lead to deep depression and a drastic reduction in quality of life.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The day the wife starts apologizing first to her husband, the divorce or separation cases will begin downsizing to a drastic level.

  4. Joseph Hummer:

    They should be used cautiously, as a last resort ... because it's so drastic, it takes so much money out of the pockets of people in Chicago.

  5. Eric Hoffer:

    In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world which no longer exists.

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