Definition of drastic in English:


Line breaks: dras|tic
Pronunciation: /ˈdrastɪk
, ˈdrɑː-/


  • Likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect; radical and extreme: a drastic reduction of staffing levels
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    • This is likely to mean a drastic reduction of overheads and also of headcount.
    • It has had a drastic effect on membership and many clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
    • In addition the work tends to have a less drastic effect upon the landscape in winter.
    extreme, serious, forceful, desperate, dire, radical, far-reaching, momentous, substantial; heavy, sharp, severe, harsh, rigorous, swingeing, punishing, excessive, oppressive, draconian



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  • His revenue projections have been drastically wrong on every budget that he has delivered.
  • After Vietnam, it just changed so drastically and it was just a different world.
  • It does not drastically alter the way the European Union works already.


late 17th century (originally applied to the effect of medicine): from Greek drastikos, from dran 'do'.

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