Definition of remedy in US English:

remedy

noun

  • 1A medicine or treatment for a disease or injury.

    ‘herbal remedies for aches and pains’
    • ‘Folk remedies and herbal treatments also are common.’
    • ‘While leaf paste is used externally against boils and carbuncles, the extract is considered a good remedy for recurring earache.’
    • ‘The water in the well is believed to have curative powers and was recommended as a remedy for warts and blindness.’
    • ‘They make a good remedy for anorexia and are well worth using to counteract the nausea often experienced while undergoing chemotherapy.’
    • ‘Most of modern medicine's prescription drugs grew out of traditional herbal remedies.’
    • ‘Traditional herbal remedies are used in conjunction with Western-style medicine.’
    • ‘To choose the correct remedy for your daughter, read the following descriptions and pick the one that most closely matches her symptoms.’
    • ‘Some of the ingredients in popular over-the-counter cold remedies may actually be counterproductive.’
    • ‘However, modern medicine is beginning to replace traditional folk remedies for many illnesses.’
    • ‘Castor oil is a reputed remedy for rheumatic problems and colic.’
    • ‘In addition, the family employed traditional remedies and treatment strategies of which the physicians were unaware.’
    • ‘The use of herbs as dietary supplements and remedies for ailments has become widespread.’
    • ‘There are many safe and effective herbal remedies for mothers to take before they turn to pharmaceutical drugs.’
    • ‘What is the natural remedy for thyroid replacement as opposed to the pharmaceutical?’
    • ‘Aldrich prescribed the usual flu remedies, including cold water baths.’
    • ‘To this day honey and lemon is a soothing remedy for a cold.’
    • ‘The proportion of patients using traditional herbal remedies for malaria varies widely.’
    • ‘Once estrogen replacement is prescribed, a medical practitioner calibrates the remedy.’
    • ‘We also discuss a variety of other remedies, over-the-counter treatments and prescription drugs.’
    • ‘The root of the plant is a remedy for rheumatism, asthma and other respiratory ailments.’
    treatment, cure, medicine, medication, medicament, drug, restorative
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    1. 1.1 A means of counteracting or eliminating something undesirable.
      ‘shopping became a remedy for personal problems’
      • ‘He is evasive when he comes to suggest a remedy for lack of representation.’
      • ‘From this point of view, foreign investment, in particular, was seen as an effective remedy for unemployment in less affluent nations.’
      • ‘I decided that the best remedy for this sensory overload was getting out there to explore this amazing city.’
      • ‘The proper remedy for bad speech in a democratic society is not censorship, but more speech: speech that educates and informs.’
      • ‘Next on stage was the infectious sound of Louisiana's Buckwheat Zydeco, whose upbeat, foot-tapping music was the perfect remedy for the chilly night.’
      • ‘The traditional remedy for inflation in general, and hyperinflation in particular, is gold.’
      • ‘Jones explained his act as a dramatic remedy for boredom and chronic depression.’
      • ‘In such cases accountability through international institutions may be the only practical remedy available.’
      • ‘Affirmative action, as a remedy for biased hiring practices, has only been around since the 1960s.’
      • ‘Strict enforcement of the existing rules is the only remedy for this.’
      • ‘They then proposed a sensible remedy to the 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.’
      • ‘North Dakotans sees a channel to the Red River as a natural remedy for the problem and are perplexed that Manitoba would object.’
      • ‘As a remedy for the undesirable effects of interventionism they ask for still more interventionism.’
      • ‘Her mistake lies in assuming that I offer caretaker resource accounts as the exclusive remedy for social ills.’
      • ‘I think that's a bad remedy for a very, very severe problem.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the Administration has proposed remedies to this problem.’
      • ‘Is there any major problem lacking a current remedy for which Washington could plausibly offer a solution?’
      • ‘We think the best remedy to this situation is to actively support the development of new open-source software.’
      • ‘Doesn't the interaction of different voices and different points of view provide a partial remedy for this?’
      solution, answer, cure, antidote, corrective, curative, nostrum, panacea, cure-all, heal-all, palliative, balm, magic formula
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    2. 1.2 A means of legal reparation.
      ‘the doctrine took away their only remedy against merchants who refused to honor their contracts’
      • ‘It is an application for an equitable remedy to protect the plaintiff against the consequences of unconscionable conduct.’
      • ‘As a remedy for the violation, the courts ordered that gays and lesbians be given the right to marry.’
      • ‘The remedies under section 75 are not remedies by way of appeal.’
      • ‘It is said that the claimants had viable alternative remedies by way of judicial review.’
      • ‘Criminal libel is the only remedy against this worthless organisation who simply seek publicity for themselves.’
      • ‘There should not have been an application for legal aid to apply for judicial review whilst that remedy was available.’
      • ‘It does not mean, however, that the person injured is without a remedy against the Commission.’
      • ‘He submitted that the common law remedy of damages, however, would be obtainable.’
      • ‘The Law Commission emphasised that an award of punitive damages should be seen as a remedy of last resort.’
      • ‘The common law remedy for breach of contract is damages.’
      • ‘So in my submission it is important that we have a remedy against each of them to proceed as we see fit.’
      • ‘Of course, if the Secretary of State gets it wrong in refusing to entertain the application, there would be a remedy by way of judicial review.’
      • ‘Accordingly the court has no power to grant any relief or remedy under Section 8 of the 1998 Act.’
      • ‘The common law remedy sought by the petitioner is not excluded by the Family Law Act.’
      • ‘If they act unfairly, whether procedurally or in relation to the substantive decision itself, then that constitutes an abuse of power for which judicial review provides a remedy.’
      • ‘The minority shareholder would not have been in a position in the arbitration proceedings to pursue oppression remedies.’
      • ‘But is litigation an adequate remedy against harvesters?’
      • ‘It is clear that simply because after demand on a bond it turns out that no sum was due from the customer to his contractor, that does not lead to the bank or surety having any remedy against the beneficiary of the bond.’
      • ‘The common law provides a general remedy against companies seeking to pass off counterfeit products as though they were the real thing.’
      • ‘Thus, the fact that the estate would have a remedy against a negligent solicitor does not necessarily preclude a claim by the disappointed beneficiary.’
      redress, means of redress, reparation, means of reparation, comeback
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  • 2The margin within which coins as minted may differ from the standard fineness and weight.

verb

[with object]
  • Set right (an undesirable situation)

    ‘by the time a problem becomes patently obvious, it may be almost too late to remedy it’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can hope the publisher will soon remedy this with a paperback edition.’
    • ‘Enforcement action may still be taken to remedy the breach by requiring compliance with the condition.’
    • ‘Do not worry, you can soon remedy this situation.’
    • ‘What can be done to remedy the situation, if anything?’
    • ‘Hopefully, this will be remedied in the future.’
    • ‘I removed my oxygen mask, quickly remedying that problem.’
    • ‘How can that be the case when I am trying to remedy what he apparently agrees is an unsatisfactory situation?’
    • ‘The owners also refused to allow the plaintiffs to remedy the defects or complete the contract.’
    • ‘Morally speaking, then, the American government has an urgent obligation to remedy these injustices.’
    • ‘These initiatives will do nothing towards remedying the situation.’
    • ‘Sam suddenly realized that she was still in his arms and quickly remedied the problem.’
    • ‘Forces are aligning, though, to remedy the situation.’
    • ‘Brown begins to remedy this situation at the outset.’
    • ‘Secession would not remedy any ill facing the South, he repeatedly declared.’
    • ‘The judicious application of a screwdriver quickly remedied this situation.’
    • ‘Specific strategies can help to remedy this deficiency and improve patients' understanding of risks.’
    • ‘The bill contains a number of common-sense amendments to remedy several defects in transport legislation.’
    • ‘Someone who would have gotten in had to give up their place because we wanted to remedy past discrimination.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

remedy

/ˈremədē//ˈrɛmədi/