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redress

1redress

verb re·dress \ri-ˈdres\

: to correct (something that is unfair or wrong)

Full Definition of REDRESS

transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to set right :  remedy <looked to charity, not to legislation, to redress social wrongs — W. R. Inge> (2) :  to make up for :  compensate
b :  to remove the cause of (a grievance or complaint)
c :  to exact reparation for :  avenge
2
archaic
a :  to requite (a person) for a wrong or loss
b :  heal
re·dress·er noun

Examples of REDRESS

  1. It is time to redress the injustices of the past.
  2. <the belief that redressing a murder with another murder, even if carried out by the state, is not morally justified>

Origin of REDRESS

Middle English, from Anglo-French redresser to set upright, restore, redress, from re- + dresser to set straight — more at dress
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to REDRESS

2redress

noun re·dress \ri-ˈdres, ˈrē-ˌ\

: something (such as money) that is given to someone to make up for damage, trouble, etc.

Full Definition of REDRESS

1
a :  relief from distress
b :  means or possibility of seeking a remedy <without redress>
2
:  compensation for wrong or loss :  reparation
3
a :  an act or instance of redressing
b :  retribution, correction

Examples of REDRESS

  1. <the new skis were certainly an adequate redress for the lost snowboard>

First Known Use of REDRESS

14th century

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