remedy

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

Essential Meaning of remedy

1 : a medicine or treatment that relieves pain or cures a usually minor illness a remedy for fever The store now sells herbal remedies. [=medicines made from plants] See More Examplesa shelf of cold remedies [=medicines to take when you have a cold] Do you know of a good home remedy [=a medicine made at home] for heartburn? folk remedies [=traditional medicines that are not prescribed by a doctor]Hide
2 : a way of solving or correcting a problem Building more roads isn't always the best remedy for traffic congestion. You may have no legal remedy [=way of finding a solution using the law] in this dispute. See More ExamplesThe problem was beyond remedy. She was left without remedy since the court did not recognize her claim.Hide

Full 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 Violence Against Women Act originally had a civil remedy, though it was eventually shut down by the Supreme Court. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2021 Unfortunately, this remedy treats only the symptoms of our ailing health care system. Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 Using a picture of a hand covered in salt to somehow prove their point, the poster claims this home remedy has worked for them for years. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Some just want to do this to make money, but others have a personal connection to the healing powers of cannabis and want to offer this remedy to others in their community. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Organizers, consumers, and city councils can suggest this structural remedy by writing to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as sharing cost-benefit analyses with city planning boards and fair housing commissions. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 June 2021 However, Amazon’s behavior during the election cannot be ignored and our union will seek remedy to each and every improper action Amazon took. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 During the pandemic’s early stage, D-Nice created a virtual remedy for anyone dealing with the lockdown blues. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2021 During the pandemic’s early stage, D-Nice created a virtual remedy for anyone dealing with the lockdown blues. Jonathan Landrum Jr., chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maldonado already has huddled with safeties coach Chuck Cecil to try to remedy the problem. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 The good news is that there are multiple opportunities to remedy the issue regarding returns. Jeff Chen, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Rent control efforts are meant to protect tenants, particularly people of color, from being priced out of their homes and to remedy the city's affordable housing crisis. Faiza Mahamud, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 To remedy this issue, experts suggest that employers speak about their own struggles with mental health as a way of normalizing the conversation. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 To help remedy this, King has partnered with Wells Fargo to promote financial health through the work the banking giant has been doing for years. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 To help remedy the situation, Diaz and some partner groups like HITEC, an executive organization for Hispanics, are taking a multipronged approach. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 Many say they were declined for minor errors like misspellings but once a loan is rejected, there is no quick way to remedy it. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 Dyer hopes that supporting Black women in political internships will help to remedy their ongoing underrepresentation in US office. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 11 May 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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18 Oct 2021

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“Remedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remedy. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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

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

remedy

transitive verb
remedied; remedying

Legal Definition of remedy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide or serve as a remedy for

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