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 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 This, however, is within the power of governments to redress. Steven Rattner, New York Times, "Dambisa Moyo’s Proposals for Saving Democracy," 7 June 2018 People are placed on the list without their knowledge and are unable to redress their grievances, said Judge Anthony Trenga of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Muslims hope judge's ruling against terror watch list ends harassment by feds," 9 Sep. 2019 The research community has been widely criticized for gender bias — both for inadequate funding on and inadequate attention to medical issues affecting women; this would be an opportunity to help redress the imbalance, at least in this one field. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paying women to donate their eggs for research is still a terrible idea," 23 Aug. 2019 While most of the sculptures in the city’s collection that honor individuals recognize white men, the sculpture of Dr. Maya Angelou will redress this gender imbalance by not only honoring a woman, but a woman of color. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "San Francisco Is Getting a Monument to Maya Angelou," 7 Aug. 2019 But these social injustices perpetrated on social media are not so easily redressed. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The High School Deplorables," 22 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The philosophy professor, the eldest surviving male in his family, was duty-bound to seek redress. Washington Post, "No sane reason," 4 Sep. 2019 Unable to secure satisfaction from their own justice system, an increasing number of Russian women have sought redress from the European court. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Ignored at Home, Battered Russian Women Take Cases to Europe," 11 July 2019 Beijing and Washington have argued over this state of affairs for decades, while American labor interests and industry groups have demanded redress. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Trump Can Battle China or Expand the Economy. He Can’t Do Both.," 26 Aug. 2019 Looking for immediate redress Saturday, neighbors called city officials and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station to report disturbances and violations. Lt. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "For-profit party at La Cañada house leads officials to a homeowner battling squatters," 19 June 2019 The sides avoided the awkward dance of Brady playing out the final year of his contract at a below-market rate, providing him remunerative redress by bumping his 2019 pay from $15 million to $23 million. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady’s extension avoids some awkwardness but guarantees nothing," 5 Aug. 2019 Plaintiff has a right to be heard and seek redress by the court independent of defendant’s other legal entanglements,’’ Riddell argued in court papers. oregonlive.com, "Judge puts hold on depositions in civil case against Democratic power broker Terry Bean as he fights criminal charges," 31 July 2019 Brown could also consider more quixotic avenues for legal redress. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Legal Ramifications of Antonio Brown's Growing Dispute With Raiders," 5 Sep. 2019 In the absence of a federal law that explicitly protects workers from anti-LGBTQ discrimination, a worker can seek redress in state law. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.," 26 Aug. 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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Last Updated

21 Nov 2019

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“Redress.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redressed. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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redress

verb
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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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