- acting with force or violence; violent.
- extremely severe or extensive: a drastic tax-reduction measure.
Origin of drastic
Examples from the Web for drastic
Park employees helped John quit tobacco by way of a butts-proof glass enclosure, a drastic change in diet, and regular exercise.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
December 31, 2014
On a local level, pipeline leaks and spills could have a number of drastic effects.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.Sexting Is the New ‘First Base’
October 9, 2014
This drastic population decline was mainly caused by the introduction of European diseases.Ellis Island’s Doubled-Edged Legacy
May 25, 2014
The doc fix is an attempt to prevent doctors who take Medicare patients from having to take a drastic pay cut.House Passes Controversial Bill Without A Vote
March 27, 2014
No matter what others may want, these people want a drastic economy.
But an unspoiled boy would not have needed that drastic medicine.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He felt that the time had come for action of a quick and drastic nature.The Film of Fear
Because of it relations with other persons undergo a drastic change.The Romance of the Soul
Drastic improvements in housing, feeding, and sanitation in the towns themselves.Another Sheaf
- extreme or forceful; severe
Word Origin and History for drastic
1690s, originally medical, "forceful, vigorous, especially in effect on bowels," from Greek drastikos "effective, efficacious; active, violent," from drasteon "(thing) to be done," from dran "to do, act, perform." Sense of "extreme, severe" is first recorded 1808. Related: Drastically.