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drastic

[ dras-tik ]
/ ˈdræs tɪk /
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adjective

extremely severe or extensive: a drastic tax-reduction measure.
(of medicines) acting with force or violence: a drastic laxative.

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Origin of drastic

First recorded in 1685–95; from Greek drastikós “active,” equivalent to drast(ós) (verbal adjective of drân “to do”) + -ikos adjective suffix (see -ic)

OTHER WORDS FROM drastic

dras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for drastic

drastic
/ (ˈdræstɪk) /

adjective

extreme or forceful; severe

Derived forms of drastic

drastically, adverb

Word Origin for drastic

C17: from Greek drastikos, from dran to do, act
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