American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Severe or radical in nature; extreme: the drastic measure of amputating the entire leg; drastic social change brought about by the French Revolution.
- adj. Taking effect violently or rapidly: a drastic emetic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Effective; efficacious; powerful; acting with force or violence; vigorous: as, a drastic cathartic. Compare cathartic, adjective
- n. A medicine which speedily and effectually purges.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Med.) Acting rapidly and violently; efficacious; powerful; -- opposed to
- adj. forceful and extreme and rigorous
- Ancient Greek δραστικός (drastikos, "active, efficient"), from δρᾶσις (drasis, "strength, efficacy"), itself from δράω (drao, "to do") (Wiktionary)
- Greek drastikos, active, from drastos, to be done, from drān, to do. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He also blames the so-called quantitative easing monetary policies in countries like the United States for causing what he describes as "drastic fluctuations" in currency exchange rates and commodity prices.”
“In a statement in Pretoria the IFP said the move, which it described as drastic, had to be discussed widely since it impacted negatively on students conducting their studies in Afrikaans.”
“Motoko Rich reported in The Times recently on new research showing that most people who lost their jobs in recent years now make less and have not maintained their lifestyles, with many experiencing what they describe as drastic - and probably irreversible - declines in income.”
“C.ristopher C. Healy, the chairman of the C.nnecticut Republican Party, said Republicans were justified in blocking what he described as a drastic overreaching by Mr. Obama.”
“Speaking at the conclusion of the G20 economic summit this week, President Obama spoke of what he called the drastic decline in U.S. exports over the last several months.”
“Getting people to agree to a rule change, no matter how "drastic," is not cheating.”
“I'm not saying they need to be involved with a child's every internet moment, but the access anyone has to the internet is taken so lightly, and its not up to websites to put in drastic measures in place to keep certain people out.”
“Without slashing the federal government in drastic and politically-unacceptable ways, the deficit in the next two years is still going to be incredibly high -- probably over a trillion dollars both years.”
“Something so drastic is going to have to happen to shake us out of our perfect little worlds that I shudder to think of what that might be.”
“Done correctly, this could result in drastic fuel savings.”
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