remedy

[ rem-i-dee ]
/ ˈrɛm ɪ di /

noun, plural rem·e·dies.

something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.
something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.
Law. legal redress; the legal means of enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.
Coining. a certain allowance at the mint for deviation from the standard weight and fineness of coins; tolerance.

verb (used with object), rem·e·died, rem·e·dy·ing.


Nearby words

  1. remedial,
  2. remedial reading,
  3. remediate,
  4. remediation,
  5. remediless,
  6. remember,
  7. remember the alamo!,
  8. remember the maine,
  9. remembrance,
  10. remembrance day

Origin of remedy

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English remedie < Anglo-French < Latin remedium, equivalent to re- re- + med(ērī) to heal, assuage, remedy (cf. medical) + -ium -ium; (v.) late Middle English remedien (< Middle French remedier) < Latin remediāre, derivative of remedium

Related formsnon·rem·e·dy, noun, plural non·rem·e·dies.un·rem·e·died, adjective

Synonym study

5. See cure.

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British Dictionary definitions for remedy

remedy

/ (ˈrɛmɪdɪ) /

noun plural -dies

(usually foll by for or against) any drug or agent that cures a disease or controls its symptoms
(usually foll by for or against) anything that serves to put a fault to rights, cure defects, improve conditions, etca remedy for industrial disputes
the legally permitted variation from the standard weight or quality of coins; tolerance

verb (tr)

to relieve or cure (a disease, illness, etc) by or as if by a remedy
to put to rights (a fault, error, etc); correct
Derived Formsremediable (rɪˈmiːdɪəbəl), adjectiveremediably, adverbremediless, adjective

Word Origin for remedy

C13: from Anglo-Norman remedie, from Latin remedium a cure, from remedērī to heal again, from re- + medērī to heal; see medical

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Word Origin and History for remedy
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Medicine definitions for remedy

remedy

[ rĕmĭ-dē ]

n.

Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder.

v.

To relieve or cure a disease or disorder.

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