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

Chinese society is all too aware that a zero-tolerance policy is the only remedy for such destructive behavior witnessed. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Beijing says 'radical' Hong Kong protests are an 'undisguised challenge'," 2 July 2019 Besides monetary awards, remedies usually involve removing contact between the harasser and victim, such as requiring a landlord to hire a property manager to handle all tenant matters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When landlords prey on fear of eviction to coerce sex from tenants," 30 June 2019 At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy left the possibility open for some future remedies from the Court. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It, Too," 28 June 2019 Another remedy that a founderless dance company can apply is to import work by other choreographers. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 Therefore, the idea of censure was popular among Democrats (and some Republicans) who were pro-Clinton and saw it as an escape hatch from the Constitution’s impeachment remedy for presidential misconduct. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Pelosi Continues to Deflect the Censure Gambit," 22 June 2019 As the Pistons continue to construct the roster to maximize the window of All-Star Blake Griffin, a possible remedy could have been siting on the Bucks bench during the sweep. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' trade for Tony Snell addresses weakness, displays competency," 20 June 2019 Any remedy for the noxious odors attributed to the Jefferson Parish landfill will take several months, if not years, to put in place and would cost millions of dollars. Greg Larose, nola.com, "Jefferson landfill odor fix could take several months, cost millions," 20 June 2019 So, in May, the Delft team reported a remedy similar to that developed by the Innsbruck team, also using nonlinear crystals and lasers to convert the photon to telecom wavelengths. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lead Elf and Hideaway Hollow CEO, Bill Dieterle took it upon himself to remedy that. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "Angels at Santa’s summer home: Volunteers build chapel at Hide-A-Way Hollow in Geauga County," 22 June 2019 Radioactive activity and farming methods are what caused the widespread infertility in the first place, and Gilead’s already trying to remedy that by farming organically and Colony workers digging to get rid of the contaminated soil. Nicole Pomarico, refinery29.com, "What Is June's Daughter Being Trained For On The Handmaid's Tale?," 8 June 2019 Seeking to remedy this insult, a local Egyptian man established a new cemetery, exclusively for migrants, one in which their final resting places were well marked and their corpses prepared with full Islamic rights. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 All that does is perpetuate and intensify the violence rather than remedying it. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 To remedy those issues, the Swiss mountaineering brand will reveal a slimmer, more affordable luxury camping pad this week called the DeepSleep. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 To remedy the situation, move your soakers closer to the trunks, so that each line crosses the top of the original rootballs. oregonlive.com, "Am I watering my new arborvitae correctly? Ask an Expert," 15 June 2019 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are asking for answers and looking for legislative fixes to remedy the problem. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 Swapping out the engine does exactly nothing to remedy these problems. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 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 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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