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 GQ Hangover Cure Test To the young and boozyful, a hangover remedy that actually works feels as far-fetched as a cure for cancer. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Cure a Hangover: A Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Morning After," 29 June 2018 Why visitors exhibit such vile etiquette leaves environmental stewards puzzled, frustrated and wanting a remedy. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida nature spoiled by 'Charmin lilies' — used toilet paper," 22 June 2018 The true remedy is simple: dry the external canal with a thin terrycloth towel, then use a hairdryer on a cool setting to dry the ear completely. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 But the founders intended it as a rare constitutional remedy. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "As the Mueller probe heats up, are the media pushing impeachment?," 21 Mar. 2018 Adding the greatest goalscorer the UCL has ever seen could be the remedy to its woes. SI.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo Is What Juventus Needs to Finally Win Champions League," 4 July 2018 But, blanket judgments aren’t the remedy for the system’s imperfections. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Dating a cheater after getting divorced from one," 28 May 2018 There also are natural remedies to treat mosquito bites, including applying toothpaste, honey, aloe vera, or even rubbing it with a banana peel. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018 Ride sharing services were the remedy for some of the 16 other NBA 2K franchises. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Gaming Team - and NBA - create bold eSports gambit," 29 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One Allure editor gave it an all-star rating, noting that this stuff helped remedy every single one of their complexion concerns. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals From the Macy's Fall VIP Sale," 21 Sep. 2018 Lucy has been open in the past about her struggles with cystic acne, and has tried some pretty out-of-the-box treatments in attempt to remedy it. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Shared a Picture of Herself Getting an LED Facial," 14 Sep. 2018 Apple is clearly aware of this gap and is committed to remedying it. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "WWDC 2018: What we expect Apple to announce on June 4," 1 June 2018 After Ozzie Albies led off with a single, Wheeler did his part to remedy the Mets’ past troubles with base runners. James Wagner, New York Times, "Dominic Smith Is Benched After Late Arrival at a Mets Meeting," 23 Feb. 2018 To remedy the situation, the village is proposing a two-hour parking time limit on the east side of the 500 block of Humphrey Avenue. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park transportation commission backs daytime parking limits on North Humphrey Avenue," 2 May 2018 Massachusetts is already racked with substance use problems; there is still time for the commission or the Legislature to remedy the gaps in marijuana regulation. Timothy Naimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Why marijuana policies in Massachusetts aren’t strict enough," 20 June 2018 With this follow-up report, the group wanted to identify concrete strategies for remedying racial inequity. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Segregation Chicago's civic and business elite put on epic display of wokeness, roll out racial equity plan," 15 May 2018 There is still an important role for remedying unfair sentences, and the presidency has developed an elaborate system for reviewing such cases. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Probing the Constitution for Weaknesses, and Finding Them," 1 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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