re·​me·​di·​al | \ ri-ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce remedial (audio) \

Definition of remedial

1 : intended as a remedy
2 : concerned with the correction of faulty study habits and the raising of a pupil's general competence remedial reading courses also : receiving or requiring remedial instruction remedial students

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remedially \ ri-​ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce remedially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of remedial in a Sentence

Officials have pledged remedial action to repair damaged bridges. Thirty percent of the new students need remedial classes in math. He's taking a course in remedial reading.
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Recent Examples on the Web Get our daily newsletter The number who require remedial Japanese lessons is rising fast. The Economist, "Japanese schools are struggling with foreign pupils," 12 Dec. 2019 Too many children are being left behind, are graduating in need of remedial classes, or are ill-prepared to enter the workforce. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "There are 5 candidates running for 3 board seats in Adams County School District 14," 15 Oct. 2019 Brady has a PhD in passing but is being forced to run a remedial aerial class instead of a master class due to what’s around him — or what’s not around him., "Yes, Tom Brady’s frustrated, and management deserves blame for that," 15 Oct. 2019 Community colleges also offer more remedial course options than four-year universities. Justin Ortagus, The Conversation, "Community colleges open the door to selective universities," 23 Oct. 2019 The winners’ recommended program of remedial tutoring is now benefiting 5 million Indian children, the academy said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize," 14 Oct. 2019 Advice for the, uh, student-athletes in East Lansing: remedial math. oregonlive, "Why can’t they count in the Big Ten? Snap Judgments & Cheap Shots," 19 Sep. 2019 Kim Kapp, a Vancouver police spokeswoman, told the Columbian newspaper that the dog was put into remedial training after the attack but didn’t respond to meet the agency’s K-9 Unit standards. oregonlive, "Police dog who bit bystander in Vancouver is retired early," 5 Nov. 2019 Both Minor and White said that the systemwide graduation numbers do not reflect recent changes, such as doing away with remedial math classes. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "As CSU graduation rates climb, Long Beach stands out," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of remedial

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remedial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of remedial

: done to correct or improve something : done to make something better
: done to cure or treat someone
: involving students who need special help to improve in a particular subject


re·​me·​di·​al | \ ri-ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce remedial (audio) \

Kids Definition of remedial

: intended to make something better He takes classes in remedial reading.


re·​me·​di·​al | \ ri-ˈmēd-ē-əl How to pronounce remedial (audio) \

Medical Definition of remedial

: affording a remedy : intended as a remedy remedial surgery

Other Words from remedial

remedially \ -​ē How to pronounce remedially (audio) \ adverb

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re·​me·​di·​al | \ ri-ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce remedial (audio) \

Legal Definition of remedial

1a : intended as or providing a remedy
b : concerned with the correction, removal, or abatement of an evil, defect, or disease remedial treatment of an inmate to improve behavior a workers' compensation claimant who received remedial attention from a doctor a remedial statute correcting the previous law
2 : of, relating to, or being a law enacted for the purpose of providing a method of enforcing an already existing substantive right : procedural

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