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English definition of “drastic”

drastic

adjective     /ˈdræstɪk/
severe and sudden , or having very noticeable effects : He is not under pressure from his own electorate to do anything drastic. a drastic decline / drop / reduction in sth take drastic action/measures/steps The company is taking drastic action to reduce its debt by $14.3 billion . drastic changes / cuts in sth
drastically adverb
(Definition of drastic adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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