[ ri-mee-dee-ey-shuhn ]


  1. the correction of something bad or defective.


/ rɪˌmiːdɪˈeɪʃən /


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of remediation1

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; remedy, -ation

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Example Sentences

His first question was whether he could remove all the mold himself or whether he should hire a professional mold remediation company.

A 2020 review by consultant Kitchell found 101 Ash required up to $115 million in fixes, including asbestos remediation and upgrades to various building systems.

He said one estimate suggested the building could be occupiable with $20 million in upgrades rather than an early $115 million estimate that included asbestos remediation and a slew of needed building system upgrades.

In response to the Times story, Monroe School District said it prioritizes the health and safety of students and continues to work on remediation efforts.

The company sets the tenor and pace of remediation, with NC DEQ providing supervision.

Insurance firms typically pick up the hefty bills for sinkhole remediation.


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More About Remediation

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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Is remediation used correctly in this sentence?

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