[ ri-mee-dee-uhl ]
/ rɪˈmi di əl /


affording remedy; tending to remedy something.
intended to correct or improve one's skill in a specified field: remedial math.

Nearby words

  1. remblai,
  2. rembrandt,
  3. rembrandt harmenszoon van rijn,
  4. reme,
  5. remediable,
  6. remedial reading,
  7. remediate,
  8. remediation,
  9. remediless,
  10. remedy

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for remedial


/ (rɪˈmiːdɪəl) /


affording a remedy; curative
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 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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