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verb re·dress \ri-ˈdres\

Simple Definition of redress

  • : to correct (something that is unfair or wrong)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 archaic a :  to requite (a person) for a wrong or loss b :  heal



Examples of redress in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of redress

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.



noun re·dress \ri-ˈdres, ˈrē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of redress

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redress

  1. 1 a :  relief from distress b :  means or possibility of seeking a remedy <without redress>

  2. 2 :  compensation for wrong or loss :  reparation

  3. 3 a :  an act or instance of redressing b :  retribution, correction

Examples of redress in a sentence

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

14th Century

First Known Use of redress

14th century

REDRESS Defined for Kids


verb re·dress \ri-ˈdres\

Definition of redress for Students



  1. :  to set right :  remedy <The court will redress an injustice.>

Law Dictionary


noun re·dress \ri-ˈdres, ˈrē-ˌdres\

Legal Definition of redress

  1. 1a :  relief from distress b :  a means of obtaining a remedy

  2. 2 :  compensation (as damages) for wrong or loss


\ri-ˈdres\ play transitive verb

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