remedy

1 of 2

noun

rem·​e·​dy ˈre-mə-dē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
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
remediless adjective

remedy

2 of 2

verb

remedied; remedying

transitive verb

: to provide or serve as a remedy for : relieve
remedy a social evil
Choose the Right Synonym for remedy

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Warm prune juice itself has been long used as a natural constipation remedy as well. Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 There is only one remedy to ease the pain: grow something indoors. Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening And Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Jan. 2023 One potential remedy that CISA has been promoting is the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM). IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2022 Canned peaches and lemons sold out on many platforms after being promoted as home remedy. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 Additionally, apple cider vinegar gummies are sometimes used as a natural skincare remedy. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Pattis asked her to delay issuing what is known as a prejudgment remedy until after ruling on Jones’ efforts to challenge the verdict itself or reduce the amount of the award. Hartford Courant, 10 Nov. 2022 James vowed to be more aggressive looking for his own offense as one remedy. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2022 Some tout it as an effective Ayurvedic remedy for stomach gas. Shalbha Sarda, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023
Verb
Here are three of the top reasons why ASM is critical to security and how organizations can remedy their ASM solution and find sure footing with their ASM program. David Monnier, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 To remedy the situation, Folwell recently asked HCA to sell the hospital system back to the community. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2023 And the only way to remedy the situation is to rebuild it. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2022 Both the federation and the league pledged Monday to remedy the issues uncovered by the investigation. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Thankfully, the government has taken steps to remedy these issues. Elissa Garay, CNN, 29 Sep. 2022 And that to remedy this, the government should create systems to compel seriously mentally ill people in the community to get treatment. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2022 And that to remedy this, the government should create systems to compel seriously mentally ill people in the community to get treatment. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Dec. 2022 Organizers including the New Georgia Project are encouraging Black voters to cast ballots early this year to remedy potential issues with registration and avoid an expected rise in voter intimidation at the polls. Time, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English remedie, from Anglo-French, from Latin remedium, from re- + mederi to heal — more at medical

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of remedy was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Remedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remedy. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

remedy

1 of 2 noun
rem·​e·​dy ˈrem-əd-ē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
1
: a medicine or treatment that cures or relieves
2
: something that corrects an evil, rights a wrong, or makes up for a loss

remedy

2 of 2 verb
remedied; remedying
: to provide or serve as a remedy for : relieve

Medical Definition

remedy

noun
rem·​e·​dy ˈrem-əd-ē How to pronounce remedy (audio)
plural remedies
: a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease
remedy transitive verb
remedied; remedying

Legal Definition

remedy

1 of 2 noun
rem·​e·​dy
plural remedies
: 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
remediless adjective

remedy

2 of 2 transitive verb
remedied; remedying
: to provide or serve as a remedy for

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