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

The herb is known for increasing circulation and strengthening the body's immune system, and it's often featured in meals, drinks, and herbal remedies. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Chief among the remedies to prop up growth: increasing deficit spending, launching new tax cuts and other fee reductions for businesses—totaling 2 trillion... Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Expects 2019 Economic Growth of 6% to 6.5%," 4 Mar. 2019 But foreign investors, unlike exporters, have a straightforward remedy of their own. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 One proposed remedy for the internet is to create a sort of toll road on the Information Superhighway—to have users who want to make sure their important messages get through pay an extra charge. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 The two most important remedies to reduce friction, according to road warriors: booking business class on flights of at least six hours, and reducing personal time spent on company travel. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Your Rock-Solid Case for Flying Business Class for Work," 10 Oct. 2018 The remedy: Use your credit card to build a positive credit history by making it a priority to pay every credit card bill on time and in full. Claire Tsosie, The Seattle Times, "How to live with your first credit card’s limit," 25 Sep. 2018 As such, there are recommended remedies for the problem and one is the use of predatory nematodes. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 Those can be pursued once the president leaves office, Kavanaugh said, and the Constitution provides a remedy — impeachment — for a law-breaking president. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: Rulings favor more power to the president," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others, including Chief Justice John Roberts, have voiced skepticism of arguments that courts can remedy political gerrymanders. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Again to Consider Partisan Gerrymandering," 4 Jan. 2019 Here, however, DeWine could assert that Columbus's loss of an MLS team is exactly the kind of harm that money cannot remedy. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Can a Lawsuit vs. Anthony Precourt and MLS Save the Crew for Columbus?," 6 Mar. 2018 The sensors can help remedy this, Mr. Salamon says, by constantly measuring noise levels and recording sounds. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "How Sound Affects Our Health," 16 Sep. 2018 California voters deserve concrete, truthful information to remedy the half truths promoted by their political leaders about the financial, political, environmental and educational situations that exist. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 However, the president, a former bus driver and foreign minister, has given little indication of his plans to remedy inflation that may hit 13,000 percent this year, and an economic contraction that could reach 9.2 percent. Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuelans Vote in Election Overshadowed by Crisis," 20 May 2018 But a new city initiative has taken on the task of remedying this asymmetry. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018 Land reform efforts aimed at remedying this situation began when Apartheid ended. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 One involved taking away the state's obligation to pay a portion of property taxes that fund programs aimed at remedying past civil-rights violations of school districts. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona Legislature passes state budget, including #RedForEd teacher pay-raise plan," 2 May 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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