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redress Line breaks: re|dress
Pronunciation: /rɪˈdrɛs/

Definition of redress in English:


[with object]
1Remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation): the question is how to redress the consequences of racist land policies
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  • On Thursday he set about redressing that situation.
  • This new facility will certainly redress this situation.
  • This film was designed to redress that situation.
rectify, correct, put/set/make right, right, put to rights, compensate for, sort out, deal with, amend, remedy, repair, fix, cure, heal, make good, reform, harmonize, retrieve, improve, better, ameliorate, adjust, resolve, settle, square
informal patch up
even up, regulate, adjust, equalize, make level, regularize, correct
2 archaic Set upright again: some ambitious Architect being called to redress a leaning Wall


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Remedy or compensation for a wrong or grievance: those seeking redress for an infringement of public law rights
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  • The plaintiff voluntarily seeks redress from these defendants.
  • Only the company can seek redress for such wrongs.
  • The agreement provides for adequate redress for the wrongs.


Middle English: the verb from Old French redresser; the noun via Anglo-Norman French redresse.


redress the balance

Restore equality in a situation: an opportunity to redress the balance in their fortunes
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  • This is the first step to redressing the balance.
  • This major review of fares regulation - the first since privatisation - is part of redressing the balance between taxpayers and fare payers.
  • It now leads with eight new comments (two against, six for), somewhat redressing the balance.



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  • This is usually understood as meaning injustice, hardship which should not have arisen, something that is wider than legally redressable damage.


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  • These ‘open hearings’ give women an opportunity to air their views, grievances and seek redressal on the spot.
  • Since I don't seek financial redressal, this is the action I propose to take against all concerned with your website.
  • It had asked them to seek redressal of their grievances from the High Court.


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  • Originating in sectarian rivalry for land in Ulster, they had become general redressers of rural grievances, with overwhelmingly local concerns.
  • A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.

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