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remedy

Syllabification: rem·e·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈremədē
 
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Definition of remedy in English:

noun (plural remedies)

1A medicine or treatment for a disease or injury: herbal remedies for aches and pains
More example sentences
  • Folk remedies and herbal treatments also are common.
  • Once estrogen replacement is prescribed, a medical practitioner calibrates the remedy.
  • In addition, the family employed traditional remedies and treatment strategies of which the physicians were unaware.
Synonyms
1.1A means of counteracting or eliminating something undesirable: shopping became a remedy for personal problems
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  • As a remedy for the undesirable effects of interventionism they ask for still more interventionism.
  • I think that's a bad remedy for a very, very severe problem.
  • The remedy for the problem was a sound system that involves Holly's teacher wearing a headset with a microphone so her words are amplified through a large speaker.
Synonyms
solution, answer, cure, antidote, curative, nostrum, panacea, cure-all
informal magic bullet
1.2A means of legal reparation: the doctrine took away their only remedy against merchants who refused to honor their contracts
More example sentences
  • Thus, the fact that the estate would have a remedy against a negligent solicitor does not necessarily preclude a claim by the disappointed beneficiary.
  • Criminal libel is the only remedy against this worthless organisation who simply seek publicity for themselves.
  • It is said that the claimants had viable alternative remedies by way of judicial review.
2The margin within which coins as minted may differ from the standard fineness and weight.

verb (remedies, remedying, remedied)

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Set right (an undesirable situation): by the time a problem becomes patently obvious, it may be almost too late to remedy it
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  • These initiatives will do nothing towards remedying the situation.
  • In order to determine how to remedy this situation, I conducted an informal poll with a couple of the skateboarding kids in my apartment's parking lot.
  • But even if I had coffee, would it really remedy my situation?
Synonyms
put/set right, put/set to rights, right, rectify, solve, sort out, straighten out, resolve, correct, repair, mend, make good

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French remedie, from Latin remedium, from re- 'back' (also expressing intensive force) + mederi 'heal'.

Derivatives

remediless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I embraced two hundred people beset by a remediless disappearance.
  • That's why Milton says ‘the situation seemed remediless.’
  • There are at least three very important safeguards for the patient, which in no way renders him remediless and without protection in a human rights context.

Words that rhyme with remedy

perfidyraggedytragedy

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