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English definition of “drastic”

drastic

adjective uk   /ˈdræs.tɪk/ us  
C1 (especially of actions) severe and sudden or having very noticeable effects: drastic measures Many employees have had to take drastic cuts in pay.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
drastically
adverb uk   /-tɪ.kəl.i/ us  
C1 Our budget has been drastically reduced.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of drastic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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