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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Other Words from redress

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

It's redressed weekly, so you're bound to see new things every time you pop by. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Roman and Williams Guild Is So Stunning, You'll Want to Move in," 2 Apr. 2019 The bank cooperated fully with the regulators and quickly redressed losses incurred to its clients, the FCA said. Mara Lemos Stein, WSJ, "U.K.’s Tesco Bank Fined $21.4 Million Over Cyberbreach," 1 Oct. 2018 Both halves of her narrative are about senseless loss and the efforts to survive and, if possible, redress that loss. Michael Cunningham, New York Times, "Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?," 25 June 2018 That’s a good sign for the agency’s various efforts to redress the stark racial disparities seen in the past enforcement of marijuana prohibition. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 200 applications filed for recreational marijuana businesses in Mass.," 6 Apr. 2018 His order penalizing anyone who harbored Quakers provoked 31 residents of Flushing on Long Island — none of them Quakers themselves — to sign a remonstrance, a collective appeal to redress their grievance. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Document That Inspired Bill of Rights Goes on Display in Manhattan," 27 June 2018 And measures to redress that electoral bias through greater proportionality in the voting system might also help with the broader issues of political division. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Mr López Obrador, who would become the first president born south of Mexico City in half a century, wants to redress the imbalance. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 Roberts wants to redress the drubbing he was handed by the Disney board when the company rebuffed his hostile takeover offer in 2004, and Murdoch is attempting to, finally, bring Sky under his control. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "The Comcast-Disney Battle Isn't Just Business—It's a Grand Human Drama," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Megaspending programs such as Medicaid cry out for redress and reform. WSJ, "We’re Using, Not Abusing, Whistleblower Act," 10 Jan. 2019 The rest has been redress for loans that defaulted, according to people familiar with the matter. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "A Hedge Fund Makes Billions Off Americans’ Underwater Mortgages," 25 Dec. 2018 Dwyer explains the logic for why mutineers tend not to engage in violence: Violence can isolate mutineers from those who might be sympathetic to their cause; their ultimate goal is not violence but redress for their grievances. Kim Yi Dionne, Washington Post, "Four things you should know about mutinies," 15 June 2018 In the fall of 1985, Melvin Tumin, a Princeton sociologist and expert on race relations, became an early object of this new lesson in racial redress. James Panero, WSJ, "Where’s the Mercy in ‘Social Justice’?," 23 Jan. 2019 Perhaps supporters of a winning presidential candidate become complacent, while voters on the losing side get energized and seek redress. David S. Heidler And Jeanne T. Heidler, WSJ, "Midterms Have Been Punishing Incumbents Since 1826," 25 Oct. 2018 Francis has not yet announced what concrete goals the Vatican will pursue to change its culture or seek redress for the victims. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Pope Francis on Catholic sex abuse scandal: “We abandoned” victims," 20 Aug. 2018 President Trump has shown himself more than willing to intervene to redress such cases. Tom Cotton, WSJ, "Reform the Prisons Without Going Soft on Crime," 15 Aug. 2018 Turnbull’s government will adopt 104 of the 122 recommendations the royal commission made to it, including establishing a national office for child safety and joining a redress payments program. Washington Post, "Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims," 13 June 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of redress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

redress

noun

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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