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ˈdræs tɪkdras·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drasticadjective

    forceful and extreme and rigorous

    "drastic measures"


  1. drasticadjective

    Extreme, severe.

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

    Etymology: δραστικός, from δρᾶσις, itself from δράω

  2. drasticadjective

    Acting rapidly or violently.

    Etymology: δραστικός, from δρᾶσις, itself from δράω

  3. drasticadjective

    Extremely severe or extensive.

    Etymology: δραστικός, from δρᾶσις, itself from δράω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drasticadjective

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

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

  2. Drasticnoun

    a violent purgative. See Cathartic

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of drastic in a Sentence

  1. Art Hogan:

    That drastic, draconian move in bonds and violent updraft in oil are settling a little bit and that's helping us focus on stocks.

  2. Leon Rodriguez:

    A lot of this really depends on how this actually translates in the field, i think this could be seen as some mild tightening to sort of incrementally tighten the process, but depending on how this is taken in the field, it could amount to a drastic tightening.

  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. Justin Bieber:

    I didn't know that we literally have 12 years to completely change how we do so many things on Earth, from a fundamental standpoint, or the damage will be irreversible and in our lifetimes we're going to experience such drastic impact, upon realizing that, it went from a silly song about animals to,' Oh my God, this is the most important thing I'll ever do.'.

  5. Misako Tachi:

    It (the LDP) is the most stable of all. I'm not sure if a drastic change would do us any good, various parties are saying various things (on pensions), but the lack of concrete plans worries me. Looking at what they have achieved so far, I thought it best that the LDP stays in power.

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