[ rem-i-dee ]
See synonyms for: remedyremediedremediesremedying on

noun,plural rem·e·dies.
  1. something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.

  2. something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.

  1. Law. legal redress; the legal means of enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.

  2. 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.
  1. to cure, relieve, or heal.

  2. to restore to the natural or proper condition; put right: to remedy a matter.

  1. to counteract or remove: to remedy an evil.

Origin of remedy

First recorded in 1175–1225; (for the noun) Middle English remedie, from Anglo-French, from Latin remedium, from re- re- + med(ērī) “to heal” (cf. medical) + -ium -ium; (for the verb) late Middle English remedien, from Middle French remedier, from Latin remediāre, derivative of remedium

synonym study For remedy

5. See cure.

Other words for remedy

Opposites for remedy

Other words from remedy

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

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How to use remedy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remedy


/ (ˈrɛmɪdɪ) /

nounplural -dies
  1. (usually foll by for or against) any drug or agent that cures a disease or controls its symptoms

  2. (usually foll by for or against) anything that serves to put a fault to rights, cure defects, improve conditions, etc: a remedy for industrial disputes

  1. the legally permitted variation from the standard weight or quality of coins; tolerance

  1. to relieve or cure (a disease, illness, etc) by or as if by a remedy

  2. to put to rights (a fault, error, etc); correct

Origin of remedy

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

Derived forms of remedy

  • remediable (rɪˈmiːdɪəbəl), adjective
  • remediably, adverb
  • remediless, adjective

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