re·​dress | \ ri-ˈdres How to pronounce redress (audio) \
redressed; redressing; redresses

Definition of redress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(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 | \ ri-ˈdres How to pronounce redress (audio) , ˈrē-ˌdres \

Definition of redress (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from redress


redresser noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of redress in a Sentence

Verb It is time to redress the injustices of the past. the belief that redressing a murder with another murder, even if carried out by the state, is not morally justified Noun the new skis were certainly an adequate redress for the lost snowboard
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Harvard University — after divulging last month that former leaders, faculty and staff enslaved 79 people — pledged $100 million to redress the injustices. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Backed by producers body Pact, the fund aims to redress the national unscripted TV skills shortage by offering training and development opportunities. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 Factors such as money and ego come into play, along with thorny questions such as how to account for the modern consequences of long-ago systems and structures, and the most effective ways to redress past wrongs. Lee Hawkins And Douglas Belkin, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 That’s exactly what Charles Onyango-Obbo, the doyen of east African journalism, Ugandan by birth, and pan-African by work—his footprints are to be found everywhere, from Nairobi to Johannesburg—seeks to redress. Peter Kimani, Quartz, 8 Jan. 2022 The research team, which comprises largely of early-career Indian academics, also hoped to redress the various biases -- including colonial narratives -- that exist in historical arts literature, Gaskell said. CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The school pledged $100 million to redress the injustices. Nick Anderson And Susan Svrluga, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 Harvard president Lawrence Bacow said the university will spend $100 million to redress its legacy. Mike Damiano,, 26 Apr. 2022 Fiscal Year 2023 Budget in the amount of $86 million in grants earmarked to prevent and redress housing discrimination. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fontaine spent years pressing the government for redress. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 First Amendment rights to petition government for a redress of grievances cannot be abridged. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 For many states, that means legislatures will still be able to wildly distort electoral maps, and critics will have little to no legal redress. Saoirse Gowan, The Week, 9 Mar. 2022 Citing his colleague Roy Brooks, Greene believes that any meaningful form of redress or reparations in the music industry must begin with an apology. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 5 Mar. 2022 Lockdowns, school closures and other changes took a disproportionate toll on women scientists juggling work and child care—a major problem that requires urgent redress. Joseph Bak-coleman, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 The document demands redress for historically underrepresented artists — particularly those who are Black, Indigenous or otherwise identify as people of color. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2022 The Japanese American community was one of the first communities to receive redress from the US government and has been supporting the movement for reparations for decades. Maya Brown, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 Japanese Americans are one of the first and only groups to receive redress from the U.S. government. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of redress


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for redress


Middle English, from Anglo-French redresser to set upright, restore, redress, from re- + dresser to set straight — more at dress

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More Definitions for redress


re·​dress | \ ri-ˈdres How to pronounce redress (audio) \
redressed; redressing

Kids Definition of redress

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


re·​dress | \ ri-ˈdres, ˈrē-ˌdres How to pronounce redress (audio) \

Legal Definition of redress

1a : relief from distress
b : a means of obtaining a remedy
2 : compensation (as damages) for wrong or loss

Other Words from redress

redress \ ri-​ˈdres How to pronounce redress (audio) \ transitive verb

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