Origin of remedial

From the Late Latin word remediālis, dating back to 1645–55. See remedy, -al1
Related formsre·me·di·al·ly, adverbnon·re·me·di·al, adjectivenon·re·me·di·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedremediable remedial

Synonyms for remedial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-remedial


  1. affording a remedy; curative
  2. denoting or relating to special teaching, teaching methods, or material for backward and slow learnersremedial education
Derived Formsremedially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-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.

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