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dras·tic  (drstk)
1. Severe or radical in nature; extreme: the drastic measure of amputating the entire leg; drastic social change brought about by the French Revolution.
2. Taking effect violently or rapidly: a drastic emetic.

[Greek drastikos, active, from drastos, to be done, from drn, to do.]

drasti·cal·ly adv.

drastic  /drstk/  adj. sudden, extreme, and severe: We must take drastic steps to stop the disease. -adv. drastically. drastic

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