drastic

adjective
dras·​tic | \ ˈdra-stik \

Definition of drastic

1 : acting rapidly or violently a drastic purgative
2 : extreme in effect or action : severe drastic measures made drastic changes

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Other Words from drastic

drastically \ ˈdra-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of drastic in a Sentence

The situation calls for drastic measures. Maybe we should try something less drastic first.

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But the Milwaukee Bucks had to be more philosophical about their drastic improvement. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "There’s a LeBron-Shaped Hole in Half of the NBA," 15 Nov. 2018 And the synopsis points to something drastic happening. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "The First Look at ABC’s ‘The Conners’ Teases Some Dark News for the Family," 12 Sep. 2018 That only fanned the flames burning through the country's economy from chronic unemployment, high inflation and drastic drops in its currency. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iran president fails to appease lawmakers in economic crisis," 28 Aug. 2018 The encouraging news is FSU’s football team produced its highest single-year Academic Progress Rate in six years with a score of 966 – a drastic improvement from 918 during the 2015-16 school year. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU football team raises APR score, but still trails all Power 5 schools," 23 May 2018 In fact, Jean-Baptiste has seen drastic improvements in her eight-year tenure with the company. Michelle Darrisaw, Essence.com, "Google’s Annie Jean-Baptiste Talks Diversity And Creating Inclusive Products For Underserved Communities," 14 May 2018 While this year's score is a drastic improvement over a low of 61 in 2001, David VanAmburg, the ASCI's managing director, cautioned that the ranking should still be put into context. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "Airline customer satisfaction is higher than you might think, a survey indicates," 7 May 2018 While this year's score is a drastic improvement over a low of 61 in 2001, David VanAmburg, the ASCI's managing director, cautioned that the ranking should still be put into context. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Airline customer satisfaction is higher than you might think, a survey indicates," 7 May 2018 Pivetta has walked only four batters in 28 innings, a drastic improvement that stands as the biggest reason for his 2.57 ERA in five starts. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Nick Pivetta has it all under control this season," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of drastic

circa 1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drastic

Greek drastikos, from dran to do

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The first known use of drastic was circa 1691

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drastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of drastic

: extreme in effect or action : severe or serious

drastic

adjective
dras·​tic | \ ˈdra-stik \

Kids Definition of drastic

: severe in effect : harsh a drastic change

Other Words from drastic

drastically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

drastic

adjective
dras·​tic | \ ˈdras-tik \

Medical Definition of drastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting rapidly or violently used chiefly of purgatives

Other Words from drastic

drastically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

drastic

noun

Medical Definition of drastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a powerful medicinal agent especially : a strong purgative

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