Definition of redress in English:

redress

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation)

    ‘the power to redress the grievances of our citizens’
    • ‘The Government has taken some measures to redress the situation.’
    • ‘The NHS in the UK imports doctors from other countries in order to redress the perceived shortage of doctors in this country.’
    • ‘This film was designed to redress that situation.’
    • ‘And now we're trying to redress that situation.’
    • ‘In both cases, steps were being taken to redress the disadvantages of minority communities.’
    • ‘The union also complained of a breach of Article 13 in that, under Swedish law, it had no effective remedy for redressing its grievance, other than complaining to the Swedish Labour Court.’
    • ‘This new facility will certainly redress this situation.’
    • ‘Only those who can afford it will have to pay, he swears, adding that the funds released will go to redress educational disadvantage.’
    • ‘I trust that they will move quickly to redress this situation.’
    • ‘So there's not a lot left in the policy kitty when it comes to redressing economic disadvantage.’
    • ‘He had to redress the situation as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Agenda for Change also does nothing to redress staff shortages and the huge pressures on frontline staff.’
    • ‘Most supporters of this shift to the right acknowledge some obligation to redress unequal opportunities, and to protect the vulnerable.’
    • ‘In order to redress this crisis she says we must tackle the question of security.’
    • ‘Insiders suggest this may be the year the Finance Minister redresses that situation.’
    • ‘On Thursday he set about redressing that situation.’
    • ‘They must also consider how to redress the shortage in trained care workers.’
    • ‘His attempts to redress the financial crisis and restore discipline soon aroused hostility from the guard.’
    • ‘More recently, efforts have been made to redress this situation.’
    • ‘The department is currently exploring all possible avenues to redress this situation.’
    rectify, correct, make right, put right, set 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
    even up, regulate, adjust, equalize, make level, regularize, correct
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  • 2archaic Set upright again.

    ‘some ambitious Architect being called to redress a leaning Wall’

noun

mass noun
  • Remedy or compensation for a wrong or grievance.

    ‘those seeking redress for an infringement of public law rights’
    • ‘It is a tort suit that is calculated to provide full redress from the perpetrator.’
    • ‘This has had to include the appropriate redress of grievances against government.’
    • ‘Natural and statutory law, a sense of justice, and logic explain why people seek redress for wrongs suffered.’
    • ‘It did not matter that certain persons may well have been able to seek legal redress.’
    • ‘It does not agree with the Government that pecuniary compensation would not provide redress.’
    • ‘The descendants of those great artists are sticking together and going to court to seek redress.’
    • ‘Our courts are clogged with lawsuits pleading redress of wrongs perpetrated on individual employees.’
    • ‘There are two main routes by which aggrieved patients may seek redress for unsatisfactory health care.’
    • ‘The plaintiff voluntarily seeks redress from these defendants.’
    • ‘Only the company can seek redress for such wrongs.’
    • ‘It also provided civil remedies to petitioners seeking redress which was unavailable at common law.’
    • ‘The only wrongs he seeks to redress are those he perceives as having been inflicted by an uncaring world on himself.’
    • ‘Court based compensation is rooted in ancient common law - the right to seek redress against those who have done us wrong.’
    • ‘And only in rare instances is it possible to seek redress from a higher court quickly.’
    • ‘There are times when individuals who have been wronged must join together to seek redress.’
    • ‘The agreement provides for adequate redress for the wrongs.’
    • ‘The common law claim for restitution would be the means of redress.’
    • ‘I will not hesitate to seek for an immediate legal redress through my solicitors for any consequential loss.’
    • ‘This means that it is clearly open to non-Jewish claimants to seek redress.’
    • ‘The right to seek redress of wrongs in court is precious and should not be restricted or abridged, based on myths.’
    compensation, reparation, restitution, recompense, repayment, damages, indemnity, indemnification
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Phrases

  • redress the balance

    • Restore equality in a situation.

      ‘an opportunity to redress the balance in their fortunes’
      • ‘That is the stark fact facing health chiefs as they meet today to discuss ways of redressing the balance.’
      • ‘At least this, in some way, redresses the balance.’
      • ‘This major review of fares regulation - the first since privatisation - is part of redressing the balance between taxpayers and fare payers.’
      • ‘This is the first step to redressing the balance.’
      • ‘Isn't it now time we redressed the balance by arming his victims so they can fight back?’
      • ‘On the face of it, giving any person the right to appeal a planning decision is merely redressing the balance.’
      • ‘It now leads with eight new comments (two against, six for), somewhat redressing the balance.’
      • ‘The edition of the following week merely redressed the balance.’
      • ‘We took the view that this was an opportunity to redress the balance.’
      • ‘Still, Radio Scotland redressed the balance somewhat by airing a whopping 11 hours of consecutive football output yesterday.’
      compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, restoration, redress, indemnity, indemnification, atonement, expiation, requital
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

redress

/rɪˈdrɛs/