remedy

1 of 2

noun

rem·​e·​dy ˈre-mə-dē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
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
remediless adjective

remedy

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verb

remedied; remedying

transitive verb

: to provide or serve as a remedy for : relieve
remedy a social evil
Choose the Right Synonym for remedy

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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Noun
When Elliott Investment Management came calling for the ouster of Emma Walmsley, the chief executive officer of GSK Plc found her remedy in a product almost 60 years in the making. Ashleigh Furlong, Fortune Europe, 21 May 2024 Even the remedies people suggested for this pathology were formulated within the same televisual framework. Kim Hew-Low, New York Times, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for remedy 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Remedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remedy. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

remedy

1 of 2 noun
rem·​e·​dy ˈrem-əd-ē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
1
: a medicine or treatment that cures or relieves
2
: something that corrects an evil, rights a wrong, or makes up for a loss

remedy

2 of 2 verb
remedied; remedying
: to provide or serve as a remedy for : relieve

Medical Definition

remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy ˈrem-əd-ē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
: a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease
remedy transitive verb
remedied; remedying

Legal Definition

remedy

1 of 2 noun
rem·​e·​dy
plural remedies
: 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
remediless adjective

remedy

2 of 2 transitive verb
remedied; remedying
: to provide or serve as a remedy for

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