1) ADJ-GRADED If you have to take drastic action in order to solve a problem, you have to do something extreme and basic to solve it.

Drastic measures are needed to clean up the profession...

He's not going to do anything drastic about economic policy.

2) ADJ-GRADED A drastic change is a very great change.

Elderly people are not in a position to make drastic changes at this stage of their life...

Foreign food aid has led to a drastic reduction in the numbers of people dying of starvation.

Derived words:
drastically ADV ADV with v

As a result, services have been drastically reduced.

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