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.
Origin of redress
1275–1325; (v.) Middle Englishredressen < Middle Frenchredresser,Old Frenchredrecier, equivalent to re-re- + drecier to straighten (see dress); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-Frenchredresse, redresce, derivative of the v.
Related formsre·dress·a·ble, re·dress·i·ble, adjectivere·dress·er, re·dres·sor, nounun·re·dress·a·ble, adjectiveCan be confusedre-dressredress (see synonym study at the current entry)
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.
mid-14c., "to correct, reform;" late 14c., "restore, put right" (a wrong, error, offense); "repair; relieve; improve; amend," from Old French redrecier "reform, restore, rebuild" (Modern French redresser), from re- "again" (see re-) + drecier "to straighten, arrange" (see dress (v.)). Formerly used in many more senses than currently. Related: Redressed; redressing.