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.

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

Synonyms for remedy

Synonym study

5. See cure.

Antonyms for remedy

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

Examples from the Web for remedying

Contemporary Examples of remedying

  • It rather proceeds from a certain hopelessness of remedying excessive and organic ill.

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  • What do you make of people who say we should fight crime by remedying root causes—income inequality, poor education, etc.

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Historical Examples of remedying

  • He here secretly resolved to devote his life to remedying these evils.

    Our Sailors

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But Dr Chapple would only intensify the evil instead of remedying it.

    A Plea for the Criminal

    James Leslie Allan Kayll

  • The laws adopted for remedying these evils were of the strangest kind.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • I was always trying some means of remedying this, but without success.

  • He then told me what it seemed to him I ought to do, in the matter of remedying the mischief I had caused.


    Miriam Coles Harris

British Dictionary definitions for remedying


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 remedying



c.1200, "cure for a disease or disorder; means of counteracting an evil," from Anglo-French remedie, Old French remede "remedy, cure" (12c., Modern French remède) and directly from Latin remedium "a cure, remedy, medicine, antidote, that which restores health," from re-, intensive prefix (or perhaps literally, "again;" see re-), + mederi "to heal" (see medical (adj.)). Figurative use from c.1300.



c.1400, from Old French remedier or directly from Latin remediare, from remedium (see remedy (n.)). Related: Remedied; remedying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for remedying




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


To relieve or cure a disease or disorder.
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