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Definition of drastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

drastic

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈdræstɪk//
 
, also BrE//ˈdrɑːstɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdræstɪk//
 
 
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extreme in a way that has a sudden, serious or violent effect on something drastic measures/changes The government is threatening to take drastic action. a drastic shortage of food a drastic reduction in their standard of living Talk to me before you do anything drastic. Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally applied to the effect of medicine): from Greek drastikos, from dran ‘do’.Extra examples Some pretty drastic measures are required. That sounds a bit drastic! The government is threatening to take drastic action.
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