[ noun ree-dres, ri-dres; verb ri-dres ]
/ noun ˈri drɛs, rɪˈdrɛs; verb rɪˈdrɛs /


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)

Origin of redress

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English redressen < Middle French redresser, Old French redrecier, equivalent to re- re- + drecier to straighten (see dress); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French redresse, redresce, derivative of the v.


1 restoration, remedy, atonement. 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.
5 amend, mend, emend, right, rectify, adjust.
6 ease.


re·dress·a·ble, re·dress·i·ble, adjectivere·dress·er, re·dres·sor, nounun·re·dress·a·ble, adjective


re-dress redress (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for redressible

/ (rɪˈdrɛs) /

verb (tr)

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 redress

redressable 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
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