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

Even if the rule did apply, the NFL attorneys argue, a decision on a remedy is up to the commissioner, not a ticket-holder. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court," 28 Jan. 2019 Perhaps the sheer implausibility of these remedies helps to explain why the reaction to the U.N. report was so muted. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The U.N.’s Doomsday Climate Clock," 15 Oct. 2018 But Sjostrom and Diamond agreed that these remedies were unlikely to occur here. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "“A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble," 15 Aug. 2018 If these remedies don’t help within a few days, call your primary care physician or dermatologist. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Are Sea Lice, and How Do You Avoid Their Red, Itchy Rash?," 27 June 2018 This humble and inexpensive at-home remedy is popular for a reason. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 For example, long stays in space accelerate bone deterioration—and part of the remedy, per NASA, is resistance training. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 For most infections, over-the-counter remedies are enough to handle the symptoms while the immune system does its job. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 The problems are different, and the remedies must also be different, including in some, but not all cases, affirmative action. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What you should know about race-based affirmative action and diversity in schools," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Swapping out the engine does exactly nothing to remedy these problems. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 2018 This country has far more class stratification than Americans would admit, and travel is certainly a way to remedy that. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Journalist Fazeelat Aslam on the Importance of Listening as Travelers," 19 Oct. 2018 Solar eclipses are all about beginnings, and this magical lunation inspires you to remedy any frustrating financial fallacies. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 To remedy its postseason drought, the club sought a big bat to put in a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to better compete with Milwaukee and Chicago, the last two NL Central Division champions. Warren Mayes, The Seattle Times, "Cardinals hope Goldschmidt can lead them back to playoffs," 5 Feb. 2019 To remedy these increasing shortages and the unpredictable pricing that comes with them, a group of hospitals have formed a nonprofit group to ensure these medical necessities don’t fall into the same kind of peril. Brian Krans, Fox News, "Drug shortages in ER are more common than you think," 22 July 2018 The cities of San Francisco and Oakland sued BP, Chevron , ConocoPhillips , Exxon Mobil , and Royal Dutch Shell , demanding billions of dollars to remedy future environmental damage caused by fossil fuels. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Climate Shakedown Flops," 29 June 2018 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

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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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