redress

verb
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

redress

noun
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

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Verb

redresser noun

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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The outsized influence of lobbyists should be redressed. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 The nation has taken steps to redress its history, paying out hundreds of millions in legal settlements, including to Indigenous people taken from their parents as children and forced into adoptions or sent to boarding schools notorious for abuse. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "Drawn From Poverty: Art Was Supposed to Save Canada’s Inuit. It Hasn’t.," 20 Oct. 2019 To me, there’s something going on here that should be redressed, this shocking inequality in the system. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Democratic Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Is a Billionaire, But He’s Not That Kind of Billionaire," 14 Nov. 2019 You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance. . Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Is Max Boot America’s Most Repetitious Columnist?," 9 Sep. 2019 Courts first need to be convinced that plaintiffs have suffered an injury, that the injury could be traced back to the defendant, and that the court can redress it. The Economist, "Computer security Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business," 12 Dec. 2019 Such an investment is an important way to meet the demand for reparations by African-Americans, one that helps redress one of America’s deepest sins. Joseph N. Cooper, BostonGlobe.com, "Why are black males supported only when they’re athletes?," 21 Aug. 2019 While the final hours of Thursday belonged to the Australians, much of the day was owned by a trio of women, who showed that festivals around the world stand only to benefit from redressing the gender imbalance in their line-ups. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "Tame Impala Seize the Night at Norway's Oya Festival," 9 Aug. 2019 Six years on, there are more politicians pledging to redress the skewed distribution of income and wealth. Fortune, "Thomas Piketty’s Last Book Made Inequality a Major Issue. His New One Is a 1,200-Page Guide to Abolishing Billionaires," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For years, the doctrine has survived one legal challenge after another, effectively preventing military families from seeking redress in the courts. NBC News, "Service members will soon be able to file claims against the military for medical malpractice," 20 Dec. 2019 If the comment is Google’s or Snapchat’s also, then an aggrieved restaurant owner or angry spouse could sue the richest companies in the world to obtain redress. David French, Time, "The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online," 24 Jan. 2020 And considering plaintiffs seek no less than to forestall the Nation’s demise, even a partial and temporary reprieve would constitute meaningful redress. oregonlive, "Divided federal appeals court orders dismissal of youth climate change suit against government," 17 Jan. 2020 Independent, well-resourced regulators would offer the public effective means for redress. NBC News, "Web inventor has an ambitious plan to take back the net," 25 Nov. 2019 The Oregonian/OregonLive reported in December on numerous obstacles older workers face when seeking redress for age discrimination, including the higher standard required to prove age discrimination in court. oregonlive, "U.S. House approves new age discrimination protections," 15 Jan. 2020 These include more transparency in negotiations (such as publishing trade-negotiation documents throughout the process) and letting community leaders and workers seek redress for harms. The Economist, "Guest comment: Robin Varghese and Sarah Pray To neutralise populism, give people more control," 14 Jan. 2020 Of the $191 million settlement, $50 million will be paid to the FTC for consumer redress. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "University of Phoenix agrees to huge settlement over 'deceptive' ads; some student debt will be wiped out," 10 Dec. 2019 In several tweets, Cosby referenced Simmons' commitment to the American Descendants of Slavery movement, which seeks financial redress for decades of legalized segregation and discrimination against African Americans. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Simmons College president: Spalding doesn't understand 'Louisville is segregated'," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of redress

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for redress

Verb

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

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The first known use of redress was in the 14th century

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31 Jan 2020

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“Redress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redress. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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redress

verb
How to pronounce redress (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of redress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

redress

noun
How to pronounce redress (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of redress (Entry 2 of 2)

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

redress

verb
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.

redress

noun
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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