Definition of drastic in English:



  • Likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect; radical and extreme.

    ‘a drastic reduction of staffing levels’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staff also say there will be a drastic reduction in beds available for women who need surgery.’
    • ‘Eventually one reaches a stage where the radiation starts to have had a drastic effect on matter.’
    • ‘The major damage they cause in grapes, with a drastic reduction in wine quality, is the spread of bunch rots.’
    • ‘You'll also get a head start on drastic end-of-line reductions and special offers.’
    • ‘It will mean an immediate end to all inherited privilege and a drastic reduction in income inequality.’
    • ‘It is the biggest 419 bust in history, and may result in drastic reductions of scam mails.’
    • ‘This meant a drastic reduction in wages and they were soon beginning to struggle.’
    • ‘It sounds drastic but we were in a desperate state, now we had something to work with.’
    • ‘He was, of course, especially irate as it was two of his staff, so he had to do something drastic.’
    • ‘These workers are struggling against drastic budget cuts and staff shortages.’
    • ‘Food Services is making drastic attempts this year to help cater to the needs of students.’
    • ‘It was a drastic shift in policy that ended two decades of routinely evicting squatters.’
    • ‘But because it was a small council it did not have the money to make drastic improvements by itself.’
    • ‘Until we start taking drastic steps, people are always going to chance it.’
    • ‘They felt their salary issues would never get solved unless drastic action was taken.’
    • ‘It is a sentiment that has driven previous governments to drastic action.’
    • ‘If somebody is sacked or other drastic measures are taken, there is no requirement for them to be mentioned.’
    extreme, serious, forceful, desperate, dire, radical, far-reaching, momentous, substantial
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Late 17th century (originally applied to the effect of medicine): from Greek drastikos, from dran ‘do’.