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noun rem·e·dy \ˈre-mə-dē\

Simple Definition of remedy

  • : a medicine or treatment that relieves pain or cures a usually minor illness

  • : a way of solving or correcting a problem

Full Definition of remedy

plural rem·e·dies

  1. 1 :  a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease

  2. 2 :  something that corrects or counteracts

  3. 3 :  the legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong

rem·e·di·less adjective

Examples of remedy

  1. Building more roads isn't always the best remedy for traffic congestion.

  2. The problem was beyond remedy.

  3. She was left without remedy since the court did not recognize her claim.

Origin of remedy

Middle English remedie, from Anglo-French, from Latin remedium, from re- + mederi to heal — more at medical

First Known Use: 13th century



verb rem·e·dy

Simple Definition of remedy

  • : to solve, correct, or improve (something)

Full Definition of remedy


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide or serve as a remedy for :  relieve <remedy a social evil>

Examples of remedy

  1. Something must be done to remedy the problem.

  2. The conflict can be remedied by scheduling the meeting for next week.

15th Century

First Known Use of remedy

15th century

Synonym Discussion of remedy

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>.

Medical Dictionary


noun rem·e·dy \ˈrem-əd-ē\

Medical Definition of remedy

plural rem·e·dies

  1. :  a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease

  2. remedy transitive verb, remedied remedy·ing

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