remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy | \ ˈre-mə-dē \
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

Michelle Drapeau has raised about $7,000 on GoFundMe for homeopathy and other alternative remedies since being diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer in February 2017. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care," 24 Oct. 2018 To the contrary, Congress expressly preserved state regulation of all communications services through consumer protection, tort, or other state law remedies, and warned against implied preemption. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota," 10 Sep. 2018 China gets relief for ZTE, and in exchange agrees to return to the status quo for U.S. agriculture,’ easing tariffs and implementing other non-tariff remedies. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump voters stay loyal because they feel disrespected," 14 May 2018 But before calling a basement waterproofing contractor, try other remedies. Kevin Brasler, Philly.com, "Solve a wet basement by fixing the problem, not managing it," 1 May 2018 Hoping to skirt a divisive debate, Republicans preferred to focus on other remedies, like improving general school safety, while pointing to law enforcement failures surrounding the Parkland shooting. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Once Again, Push for Gun Control Collides With Political Reality," 28 Feb. 2018 Spend the weekend with natural beauty brand Naturopathica founder Barbara Close to learn more about how diet, restorative yoga, herbal remedies and mind-body practices can improve everyday health. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 The town’s chief authority figure, the mayor, boldly announces a series of indecisive and ineffectual remedies and later, as order deteriorates, lapses into authoritarianism. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 The center will host a free open house on Tuesday — exactly two years after the shooting — with a remembrance ceremony, holistic health remedies and food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is at 507 E. Michigan St. in Orlando. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando United Assistance Center still seeing hundreds of clients 2 years after Pulse," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But a new city initiative has taken on the task of remedying this asymmetry. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018 Land reform efforts aimed at remedying this situation began when Apartheid ended. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 One involved taking away the state's obligation to pay a portion of property taxes that fund programs aimed at remedying past civil-rights violations of school districts. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona Legislature passes state budget, including #RedForEd teacher pay-raise plan," 2 May 2018 Both companies have taken some steps to remedy the situation — neither wants a repeat. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook and Twitter’s midterm task: fighting off online efforts to suppress the vote," 3 Nov. 2018 This new approach should remedy some of the more awkward aspects of the original Zen; for example, there is a significant latency overhead when a core on one Zen die has to use memory from another die. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4," 6 Nov. 2018 Apparently the new model remedies these problems, with a thinner and more flexible braid. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Logitech's G502 HERO updates our favorite gaming mouse with even better hardware," 30 Aug. 2018 But for ordinary Iraqis, their concerns are remedying the country’s chronic corruption, sputtering economy, and failing public services. Washington Post, "At Iraq’s polls, voters seek patronage and jobs," 13 May 2018 There aren't many spectator amenities at the Whyte Track & Field center, although Quintana has one suggestion that could remedy that. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Imagine Hayward Field's east grandstand in ... Corvallis: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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