remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy | \ ˈre-mə-dē How to pronounce remedy (audio) \
plural remedies

Definition of remedy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease
2 : something that corrects or counteracts
3 : the legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong

remedy

verb
remedied; remedying

Definition of remedy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide or serve as a remedy for : relieve remedy a social evil

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Other Words from remedy

Noun

remediless adjective

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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 remedy in a Sentence

Noun Building more roads isn't always the best remedy for traffic congestion. The problem was beyond remedy. She was left without remedy since the court did not recognize her claim. Verb Something must be done to remedy the problem. The conflict can be remedied by scheduling the meeting for next week.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the most effective remedy must also include a broader effort to persuade more people to comply with their tax obligations. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How to catch cheaters who don’t shoulder their share of the tax burden," 7 Apr. 2021 One remedy proposed was one as-yet-unfulfilled promise by Husted in 2018 to revive the Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council. cleveland, "Lt. Gov. Jon Husted’s coronavirus tweet left Asian Americans feeling disappointed in Ohio leadership," 3 Apr. 2021 As the commercial space industry grows and embraces a culture of testing to failure and then iterating quickly to remedy errors, the FAA has been busy. Washington Post, "For Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship program more smoke, fire and shrapnel," 30 Mar. 2021 The multimillion-dollar drug deal ultimately collapsed amid mounting evidence that the drug wasn’t effective in treating COVID-19 and as infectious disease experts expressed alarm about the state’s move to invest public funds in the unproven remedy. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exclusive: Utah’s power brokers helped Draper pharmacist with customs holdup on drug import," 29 Mar. 2021 But with judges unwilling to reverse the emergency orders, any remedy must come from the divided Legislature. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "As Legislature battles over Gov. Tim Walz's powers, courts refuse to reject his authority," 27 Mar. 2021 But some problems are impervious to any plausible remedy. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Banning assault weapons is unlikely to stop mass shootings," 26 Mar. 2021 At the time, Kerr felt that Looney could help Golden State remedy its slow starts — a belief that proved accurate. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Warriors plan to start James Wiseman at center the rest of the season," 23 Mar. 2021 The council held a workshop in which the city’s strategies to remedy homelessness were reviewed. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, March 7," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What specifically are communities and authorities doing to remedy the problem? Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "Rising Anti-Asian American Violence Didn’t Start With The Covid-19 Pandemic," 21 Mar. 2021 The measure seeks to remedy the unintended problem that was hanging over some Kentuckians by allowing the state Labor Cabinet to waive overpayments when the unemployment office was at fault. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Yo-Yo Ma, flowing green, Brooklyn Bridge: News from around our 50 states," 15 Mar. 2021 The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Credit Suisse funds had become too reliant on a small group of credit insurers to protect against default and failed to remedy the situation. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Credit Suisse Sidelines Employees Who Oversaw Greensill Funds," 10 Mar. 2021 The union has complained about service time manipulation for years, and the league has complained that the union has failed to present formal proposals to remedy the situation. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "MLB truth, lies and videotape: A telling week for a budding star and a team president," 26 Feb. 2021 Some state officials are trying to remedy the problem to varying success. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "These Cities Are Seeing Surges In Vaccinations — But Only In The Wealthiest Neighborhoods," 23 Feb. 2021 Wistron has since admitted to and apologised for the mishandling of wages and taken steps to remedy the situation. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Apple’s first iPhone supplier in India stretched its workers too far—and they snapped," 21 Dec. 2020 The Post also detailed how some elevator companies had spent years successfully fighting off efforts by regulators and victims’ families to force the firms to warn the public and remedy the problem. Washington Post, "After years of devastating home elevator accidents, first safety recall announced," 17 Dec. 2020 Now, a new plan — a mix of previous efforts, along with new ideas — aims to remedy that. Tom Condon, courant.com, "$17B Hartford highway plan includes tunnels, 3 new bridges and riverfront park; new neighborhood proposed in East Hartford," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of remedy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remedy

Noun

Middle English remedie, from Anglo-French, from Latin remedium, from re- + mederi to heal — more at medical

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The first known use of remedy was in the 13th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Remedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remedy. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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remedy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remedy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a medicine or treatment that relieves pain or cures a usually minor illness
: a way of solving or correcting a problem

remedy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remedy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to solve, correct, or improve (something)

remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy | \ ˈre-mə-dē How to pronounce remedy (audio) \
plural remedies

Kids Definition of remedy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a medicine or treatment that cures or relieves
2 : something that corrects a problem

remedy

verb
remedied; remedying

Kids Definition of remedy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide or serve as a cure or solution for An explanation remedied the confusion.

remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy | \ ˈrem-əd-ē How to pronounce remedy (audio) \
plural remedies

Medical Definition of remedy

: a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease

Other Words from remedy

remedy transitive verb remedied; remedying

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remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy
plural remedies

Legal Definition of remedy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the means to enforce a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong : the relief (as damages, restitution, specific performance, or an injunction) that may be given or ordered by a court or other tribunal for a wrong if the contract is null and void, the remedy is to rescind and to put the parties in the position in which they were prior to the attempted agreementFirst Nat'l Mortgage Corp. v. The Manhattan Life Ins. Co., 360 So. 2d 264 (1978) specific performance and other equitable remedies

Other Words from remedy

remediless adjective
remedied; remedying

Legal Definition of remedy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide or serve as a remedy for

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