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 By joining The Innocence Network, a nationwide network of local groups also working to exonerate and support innocent people, the organisation asks participants to help redress the causes of wrongful conviction. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "What Is The Innocence Project & How You Can Help The Advocates Behind Netflix’s Docuseries," 16 Apr. 2020 Morales’s opponents accused him, not unfairly, of favoring the altiplano, but his efforts also helped redress a historic injustice. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 Black Widow should help redress that particular wrong. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Natasha Romanoff faces off against Taskmaster in final Black Widow trailer," 9 Mar. 2020 Hindu nationalist ideologues view India’s history as a series of humiliations — centuries of rule by Muslim kings followed by British colonialism — that must be redressed. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW DELHI — Lawmakers in India enacted a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens.," 12 Dec. 2019 Hindu nationalist ideologues view India’s history as a series of humiliations — centuries of rule by Muslim kings followed by British colonialism — that must be redressed. Washington Post, "India poised to pass controversial citizenship law excluding Muslim migrants," 11 Dec. 2019 Trump’s racial cynicism reached a zenith with his signing, in December, 2018, of the First Step Act, which sets out to redress the disparities of federal sentencing guidelines. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "How Did the Democrats End Up Here?," 23 Feb. 2020 The new government is also under pressure to redress the wrongs of the past. New York Times, "Sudan to Investigate Darfur Atrocities Under Ousted Leader," 22 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the problems aren’t corrected, the U.S. can impose foreign-investment restrictions and seek redress through the International Monetary Fund. Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg.com, "How Switzerland Could Find Itself Labeled a Currency Manipulator," 13 May 2020 After mass incarceration, Japanese Americans took up the fight for redress and reparations, Kato-Kiriyama said. Los Angeles Times, "‘The fight is always somewhere in us’: Asian American history and a Little Tokyo combo meal," 4 May 2020 As a result, the Civil Liberties Act was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, which granted redress of $20,000 and a formal apology to every Japanese American incarcerated during WWII. NBC News, "Japanese Americans speak out against Andrew Yang's call for Asian Americans to display patriotism," 3 Apr. 2020 The Tronkas are well connected, and Kohlhaas’s attempts to seek legal redress fail. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 2020 This allusion within an allusion captures the problem of moral contamination with which the comic is most concerned: Can violence redress or prevent violence? Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, "In the Time of Monsters," 24 Mar. 2020 The company was ordered to pay $15 million in redress to affected consumers and $10 million to the CFPB’s civil penalty fund, and a spokesperson from PayPal said the penalty was completed. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Dormant PayPal Credit accounts are coming back to haunt users—and hurt their credit scores," 13 Mar. 2020 The Bureau is asking the federal court to grant an injunction to stop Fifth Third’s unlawful conduct, redress for affected consumers, and the imposition of a civil money penalty. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Feds file lawsuit against Fifth Third, says it set up accounts without customers' knowledge," 10 Mar. 2020 This panel discussion explores how student activists as well as rank-and-file soldiers and military veterans influenced public opinion and helped force an end to the conflict and redress racial inequities. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Jane Fonda to speak at Kent State during weekend of events commemorating May 4, 1970," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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“Redress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redress. Accessed 29 May. 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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