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

That means, to McBride, part of the remedy today needs to emerge from songwriting rooms, where more songs, obviously, are being written for men than women. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Martina McBride Stirs Battle with Spotify Over Gender Imbalance: 'I'm Frustrated for My Sisters'," 16 Sep. 2019 But unlike many comedies, My Days of Glory actually grows even more despondent as the plot progresses, with Adrien falling into an extremely long funk in the third act for which there seems to be no available remedy. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'My Days of Glory' ('Mes jours de gloire'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Existing precedent in this country gives the families involved in the Los Angeles debacle little hope of remedy. Dov Fox, WIRED, "What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?," 17 July 2019 It can also be enjoyed right out of the jar and has long been a home remedy. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 Is there some sort of legal remedy, given that they are supposed to be transferred to H.H.S.? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Children Remain in Dangerous Conditions on the Texas Border," 25 June 2019 Advocates of the project say modern facilities and equity for all students are part of the remedy for chronic poor academic performance. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester major party leaders taking different approaches to find candidates for fall ballot," 18 June 2019 While women wait for the final verdict on CBD oil’s safety, there are other natural remedies for menopause that may be able to offer relief. Ladan Nikravan Hayes, Cincinnati.com, "“Let’s Talk”: Can CBD oil provide menopause symptom relief?," 13 June 2019 The structural remedies that accompany those fines—the part where companies agree to change the offending parts of their behavior—can arguably have greater effect. Wired, "Fines Alone Aren't Enough to Slow Down Big Tech," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are steps to remedy this violation of veganism. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Vegan Violation," 15 Sep. 2019 To remedy that, Meyer installed Constellation as well as large acoustic panels that seamlessly blend in with the walls and artwork. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Why we need to rethink the concept of noise in restaurants," 13 Sep. 2019 Part of it may be down to Europe’s many tongues, a natural barrier that no legislation will ever remedy. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 Part of the rationale of legalizing marijuana in Washington state in 2012 was to remedy the disproportionate effect the drug war has had on people of color, but minority ownership of cannabis businesses in the state remains paltry. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "5 years in, Washington considers overhaul of pot regulation," 28 Aug. 2019 The edge of science fiction The NIAC grants are trying to remedy the fact that propulsion has stood relatively still since the mid-1900s. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 But a Kickstarter campaign from a team named Human Things aims to remedy that with their new device Genki. Nick Statt, The Verge, "This Nintendo Switch adapter promises Bluetooth audio support," 13 July 2018 Church officials are currently acting on an eight-item game plan from The Woodlands Township Development Standards Committee, which aims to remedy some of the issues both the township and local residents have been frustrated with. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Growing congregations: Several churches in The Woodlands are renovating, expanding," 28 Apr. 2018 This summer, the Salzburg Festival is seeking to remedy that, to an extent. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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