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/ rɪˌmi diˈeɪ ʃən /
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the correction of something bad or defective.
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Origin of remediation

First recorded in 1790–1800; from Latin remediātiōn-, stem of remediātiō “act or process of healing,” equivalent to remediāt-, past participle stem of remediāre “to treat (successfully), cure” + -ion, noun suffix; see origin at remedy, -ation

historical usage of remediation

Remediation comes straight from Latin remediātiō (stem remediātiōn- ) “process of healing,” a verbal noun from the verb remediāre “to treat (successfully), cure,” a verb formed from the prefix re-, here used as an intensive, and the simple verb medērī “to heal, cure.” The Latin (Italic and Proto-Indo-European) root behind all these words is med-, mēd-, mod-, mōd- “to take proper measures, deliberate, judge, heal.” The variant med- is also the source of Latin meditārī “to think over or constantly contemplate” (English meditate ).
Latin also records the noun meddix, the title of the chief magistrate of an Oscan city, such as Naples. (The Oscans were an Italic-speaking people who lived in Campania.) Meddix is a hybrid of Italic med- “to deliberate, judge” and the Latin agent suffix -dex “speaker,” from the verb dīcere “to say.” Meddix therefore means “law speaker,” whose Oscan equivalent is medíss ( -díss is the equivalent of Latin -dex ). Meddix is equivalent to Latin jūdex “judge,” also literally meaning “law speaker,” from jūs “law” and dīcere “to say.”
Medusa, one of the mythological Gorgons, is from Greek Médousa “ruling, she who rules,” the feminine active participle of médein “to rule.”
Med- in Germanic becomes met-, the source of Old English metan “to measure, measure out” (English mete ). The variant mēd- becomes mēt- in Germanic, forming the Old English adjective gemǣte “suitable, appropriate” (English meet ). The variant mod- forms Latin modus “measure, limit, size,” with its derivative adjective modestus “keeping within limits, proper, restrained” (English modest ).
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What does remediation mean?

Remediation is the act of remedying or correcting something that has been corrupted or that is deficient.

Remediation has two main usages. Environmental remediation is the removal of pollutants or the reversal of other environmental damage, especially in a particular location, to attempt to return it to its natural state. In education, remediation refers to instruction intended to fill gaps in a student’s core education.

Example: After years of legal battles, the chemical company finally agreed to begin remediation at the site of the former factory by removing toxins from the surrounding soil.

Where does remediation come from?

Remediation comes from the Latin verb remediāre (meaning “to cure”), which also gives us remedy. In its general sense, the first recorded use of remediation is from 1794, but its more specific uses are more recent. Its first recorded use in an educational context is from 1933 and its environmental sense only dates back to 1980.

Since its association with large-scale environmental damage has become well-established, remediation is now often used to refer to smaller-scale cleanups, especially in homes damaged by natural forces. Phrases like mold remediation and flood remediation are common search terms (that you’ll hopefully never have to use). In education, the word is often paired with a specific subject, in phrases like math remediation and reading remediation.

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Remediation isn’t limited to education and the environment—it can be used in any situation when something needs to be corrected or rectified.



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After seeing falling test scores in math, the school decided to implement more remediation to reinforce core skills.

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British Dictionary definitions for remediation

/ (rɪˌmiːdɪˈeɪʃən) /

the action of remedying something, esp the reversal or stopping of damage to the environment
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