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redress

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verb re·dress \ ri-ˈdres \

Definition of redress

transitive verb
1 a (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

redresser

noun

Examples of redress in a Sentence

  1. It is time to redress the injustices of the past.

  2. the belief that redressing a murder with another murder, even if carried out by the state, is not morally justified

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Origin and Etymology of redress

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

redress Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

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redress

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noun re·dress \ ri-ˈdres , ˈrē-ˌ \

Definition of redress

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

Examples of redress in a Sentence

  1. the new skis were certainly an adequate redress for the lost snowboard

Recent Examples of redress from the Web

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First Known Use of redress

14th century



REDRESS Defined for English Language Learners

redress

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Definition of redress for English Language Learners

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


redress

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noun

Definition of redress for English Language Learners

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


REDRESS Defined for Kids

redress

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verb re·dress \ ri-ˈdres \

Definition of redress for Students

redressed; redressing
:to set right :remedy
  • The court will redress an injustice.

Law Dictionary

redress

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noun re·dress \ ri-ˈdres, ˈrē-ˌdres \

legal Definition of redress

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

redress

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