Definition of remedy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛmɪdi/

noun (plural remedies)

1A medicine or treatment for a disease or injury: herbal remedies for aches and pains
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  • 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.
treatment, cure, medicine, medication, medicament, drug, restorative;
antidote, prophylactic;
nostrum, panacea, cure-all;
archaic physic, specific
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.
solution, answer, cure, antidote, corrective, curative, nostrum, panacea, cure-all, heal-all, palliative, balm, magic formula;
informal magic bullet
1.2A means of legal reparation: compensation is available as a remedy against governmental institutions
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  • 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.
(means of) redress, (means of) reparation, comeback
2The margin within which coins as minted may differ from the standard fineness and weight.

verb (remedies, remedying, remedied)

[with object]
Set right (an undesirable situation): money will be given to remedy the poor funding of nurseries
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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?
put right, set right, set to rights, put to rights, right, rectify, retrieve, solve, fix, sort out, put in order, straighten out, resolve, deal with, correct, repair, mend, redress, make good;
improve, amend, ameliorate, make better, better


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

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