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

The remedy for these uncertainties was a constitutional amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the individual states that provided for birthright citizenship. Martha S. Jones, Time, "How the 14th Amendment's Promise of Birthright Citizenship Redefined America," 9 July 2018 In an interview, Mr. Castro said Trump's new order is a valid remedy only if children are immediately and humanely reunited with their parents. Steve Peoples, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats scramble to find clear strategy against Trump's immigration policy," 21 June 2018 Amputation of a broken arm or leg was a common remedy, and surgeons worked feverishly with saws and knives. Michael E. Ruane, ajc, "‘Limb pit’ found on Civil War battlefield in Virginia tells of horror stories," 19 June 2018 The former New York mayor was making a wider point that the proper remedy for presidential wrongdoing is the Constitutionally provided procedure of impeachment. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's above-the-law presidency," 4 June 2018 Black's statement places blame where education could be a remedy. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Rep. Diane Black Blamed Porn for Recent School Shootings," 29 May 2018 The eighth inning was a remedy, a four-run frame against the two most competent pitchers — Miller and closer Cody Allen — in an otherwise atrocious Indians bullpen that gagged a game its team led 2-0 entering the eighth inning. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally to bludgeon Indians' bullpen," 25 May 2018 Their first product was a unique purple eczema remedy [Herbal Rescue Balm] that sold out on HSN in a matter of minutes. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Best Skin-Care Brands Created by Dermatologists, According to a Cosmetic Surgeon," 16 May 2018 Hairstylists favorite strengthening treatment is an at-home remedy to severely damaged hair. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "10 Products to Shop During Sephora’s Annual Sale," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018 Desperate to remedy the situation, the parties tried to leverage support from Washington’s Rep. Rick Larsen and Sen. Maria Cantwell to get a congressional waiver inserted into the recent omnibus spending bill. Colin Grabow, WSJ, "The Jones Act Drives America’s Finest Into Exile," 29 Apr. 2018 The Texas Legislature has had 2013, 2015 and 2017 sessions to try to remedy this problem. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Supreme Court hears redistricting disputes that could alter a San Antonio congressional district," 24 Apr. 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books returns to Liberty Station Aug. 25 with hopes to remedy the criticism received last year about the lack of diversity among its presenting authors. Dylan Housego, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dylan's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 But the effect of a hack — or even a technical mishap — could sap voter confidence in a way that's far harder to remedy. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Maryland ballot snafu offers lessons in how to respond to an election hack," 26 June 2018 Teachers were supposed to take tests and then undergo training to remedy weaknesses. Christopher Sherman And Sofia Ortega, Fox News, "Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform," 24 June 2018 This kind of information leaked to third parties is an issue that Google is promising to remedy within the next few weeks. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How to Keep Google Home and Chromecast From Giving Hackers Your Location," 20 June 2018 Over 1 in 3 women are married, by the age of eighteen and Noura’s case has highlighted this disturbing trend which advocates are hoping to remedy. Farid Y. Farid, Teen Vogue, "Noura Hussein Filed for an Appeal to Repeal Her Death Sentence and to Be Pardoned for Killing Her Rapist," 20 June 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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