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drastic

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adjective dras·tic \ˈdras-tik\

Simple Definition of drastic

  • : extreme in effect or action : severe or serious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drastic

  1. 1 :  acting rapidly or violently <a drastic purgative>

  2. 2 :  extreme in effect or action :  severe <drastic measures>

drastically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of drastic in a sentence

  1. The situation calls for drastic measures.

  2. Maybe we should try something less drastic first.



Origin of drastic

Greek drastikos, from dran to do


First Known Use: circa 1691

Rhymes with drastic


DRASTIC Defined for Kids

drastic

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adjective dras·tic \ˈdra-stik\

Definition of drastic for Students

  1. :  severe in effect :  harsh <a drastic change>

drastically \-sti-kə-lē\ adverb



Medical Dictionary

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drastic

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adjective dras·tic \ˈdras-tik\

Medical Definition of drastic

  1. :  acting rapidly or violently—used chiefly of purgatives

drastically \-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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drastic

noun dras·tic

Medical Definition of drastic

  1. :  a powerful medicinal agent; especially :  a strong purgative




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