Definition of redress in English:



  • 1Remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation)

    ‘the question is how to redress the consequences of racist land policies’
    • ‘I trust that they will move quickly to redress this situation.’
    • ‘And now we're trying to redress that situation.’
    • ‘More recently, efforts have been made to redress this situation.’
    • ‘In both cases, steps were being taken to redress the disadvantages of minority communities.’
    • ‘Insiders suggest this may be the year the Finance Minister redresses that situation.’
    • ‘On Thursday he set about redressing that situation.’
    • ‘The department is currently exploring all possible avenues to redress this situation.’
    • ‘They must also consider how to redress the shortage in trained care workers.’
    • ‘This new facility will certainly redress this situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The NHS in the UK imports doctors from other countries in order to redress the perceived shortage of doctors in this country.’
    • ‘Only those who can afford it will have to pay, he swears, adding that the funds released will go to redress educational disadvantage.’
    • ‘Most supporters of this shift to the right acknowledge some obligation to redress unequal opportunities, and to protect the vulnerable.’
    • ‘This film was designed to redress that 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.’
    • ‘The Government has taken some measures to redress the situation.’
    • ‘In order to redress this crisis she says we must tackle the question of security.’
    • ‘His attempts to redress the financial crisis and restore discipline soon aroused hostility from the guard.’
    • ‘Agenda for Change also does nothing to redress staff shortages and the huge pressures on frontline staff.’
    even up, regulate, adjust, equalize, make level, regularize, correct
    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
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  • 2archaic Set upright again.

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


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

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

    • Restore equality in a situation.

      ‘an opportunity to redress the balance in their fortunes’
      • ‘We took the view that this was an opportunity to redress the balance.’
      • ‘Isn't it now time we redressed the balance by arming his victims so they can fight back?’
      • ‘This is the first step to redressing the balance.’
      • ‘Still, Radio Scotland redressed the balance somewhat by airing a whopping 11 hours of consecutive football output yesterday.’
      • ‘That is the stark fact facing health chiefs as they meet today to discuss ways of redressing the balance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The edition of the following week merely redressed the balance.’
      compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, restoration, redress, indemnity, indemnification, atonement, expiation, requital
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Middle English: the verb from Old French redresser; the noun via Anglo-Norman French redresse.