[ 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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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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