drastic

adjective dras·tic \ ˈdras-tik \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of drastic

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of drastic

Greek drastikos, from dran to do


DRASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

drastic

adjective

Definition of drastic for English Language Learners

  • : extreme in effect or action : severe or serious


DRASTIC Defined for Kids

drastic

adjective dras·tic \ ˈdra-stik \

Definition of drastic for Students

: severe in effect : harsh
  • a drastic change

drastically

\-sti-kə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

1

drastic

adjective dras·tic \ ˈdras-tik \

medical Definition of drastic

: acting rapidly or violently used chiefly of purgatives

drastically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

2

drastic

noun

medical Definition of drastic

: a powerful medicinal agent; especially : a strong purgative


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