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[ri-mee-dee-uh l] /rɪˈmi di əl/
affording remedy; tending to remedy something.
intended to correct or improve one's skill in a specified field:
remedial math.
Origin of remedial
From the Late Latin word remediālis, dating back to 1645-55. See remedy, -al1
Related forms
remedially, adverb
nonremedial, adjective
nonremedially, adverb
Can be confused
remediable, remedial.
2. corrective. Unabridged
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  • Liébeault, the founder of the Nancy school, has the credit of having first made use of hypnosis as a remedial agent.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • The remedial measures are in each case too obvious to mention.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The whole scene was filled with arts and virtues which were merely useful or remedial.

    Character and Opinion in the United States David Goodger (
  • As an adjective, it embraces the idea of supernatural as well as remedial.

  • She knew to a nicety the value of anticipation as a remedial force in punishment.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • ALL honor to Mr. Bergh for his remedial measures to prevent cruelty to animals.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • In the falling prices may be seen a proof of the enlarged production and a justification of serious study of remedial measures.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for remedial


affording a remedy; curative
denoting or relating to special teaching, teaching methods, or material for backward and slow learners: remedial education
Derived Forms
remedially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for remedial

1650s, "curing, relieving, affording a remedy," from Late Latin remedialis "healing, curing," from Latin remedium (see remedy (n.)). Educational sense of "concerned with improving skills" is first recorded 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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