[ noun ree-dres, ri-dres; verb ri-dres ]
/ noun ˈri drɛs, rɪˈdrɛs; verb rɪˈdrɛs /
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the setting right of what is wrong: redress of abuses.
relief from wrong or injury.
compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or injury.
verb (used with object)
to set right; remedy or repair (wrongs, injuries, etc.).
to correct or reform (abuses, evils, etc.).
to remedy or relieve (suffering, want, etc.).
to adjust evenly again, as a balance.
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Origin of redress
synonym study for redress
1. Redress, reparation, restitution suggest making amends or giving indemnification for a wrong. Redress may refer either to the act of setting right an unjust situation (as by some power), or to satisfaction sought or gained for a wrong suffered: the redress of grievances. Reparation means compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or loss inflicted. The word may have the moral idea of amends: to make reparation for one's neglect; but more frequently it refers to financial compensation (which is asked for, rather than given): the reparations demanded of the aggressor nations. Restitution means literally the restoration of what has been taken from the lawful owner: He demanded restitution of his land; it may also refer to restoring the equivalent of what has been taken: They made him restitution for his land.
OTHER WORDS FROM redressre·dress·a·ble, re·dress·i·ble, adjectivere·dress·er, re·dres·sor, nounun·re·dress·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH redressre-dress, redress (see synonym study at the current entry)
Other definitions for redress (2 of 2)
[ ree-dres ]
/ riˈdrɛs /
verb (used with object)
to dress again.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-dressre-dress , redress
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How to use redress in a sentence
Bry has said her business background would have led her to sniff out the bad lease – which kept the city from seeking redress when the building turned out to need serious renovations.The Ultimate Guide to the Local Election|Voice of San Diego|October 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Grievances cannot be redressed unless they are known; and they cannot be known but through complaints and petitions.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2|Egerton Ryerson
Therefore I redressed and sat with the light still out, gazing across the starlit bay.The Czar's Spy|William Le Queux
A short, sharp curve in the middle of that iron fire-poker is eloquent of a wrong redressed.
Then with the quiet dignity of one who has redressed a grievous wrong, surrendered himself unto the law this worthy old man.
Nor, in spite of the immense reforms introduced during the last hundred years, have all these grievances been redressed.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements|Nesta H. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for redress (1 of 2)
/ (rɪˈdrɛs) /
to put right (a wrong), esp by compensation; make reparation forto redress a grievance
to correct or adjust (esp in the phrase redress the balance)
to make compensation to (a person) for a wrong
the act or an instance of setting right a wrong; remedy or cureto seek redress of grievances
compensation, amends, or reparation for a wrong, injury, etc
relief from poverty or want
Derived forms of redressredressable or redressible, adjectiveredresser or rare redressor, noun
Word Origin for redress
C14: from Old French redrecier to set up again, from re- + drecier to straighten; see dress
British Dictionary definitions for redress (2 of 2)
/ (riːˈdrɛs) /
(tr) to dress (something) again
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