Definition of remedy in English:



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

    ‘herbal remedies for aches and pains’
    • ‘They make a good remedy for anorexia and are well worth using to counteract the nausea often experienced while undergoing chemotherapy.’
    • ‘Once estrogen replacement is prescribed, a medical practitioner calibrates the remedy.’
    • ‘Aldrich prescribed the usual flu remedies, including cold water baths.’
    • ‘The use of herbs as dietary supplements and remedies for ailments has become widespread.’
    • ‘To this day honey and lemon is a soothing remedy for a cold.’
    • ‘Traditional herbal remedies are used in conjunction with Western-style medicine.’
    • ‘The root of the plant is a remedy for rheumatism, asthma and other respiratory ailments.’
    • ‘What is the natural remedy for thyroid replacement as opposed to the pharmaceutical?’
    • ‘Folk remedies and herbal treatments also are common.’
    • ‘To choose the correct remedy for your daughter, read the following descriptions and pick the one that most closely matches her symptoms.’
    • ‘However, modern medicine is beginning to replace traditional folk remedies for many illnesses.’
    • ‘We also discuss a variety of other remedies, over-the-counter treatments and prescription drugs.’
    • ‘Most of modern medicine's prescription drugs grew out of traditional herbal remedies.’
    • ‘In addition, the family employed traditional remedies and treatment strategies of which the physicians were unaware.’
    • ‘The proportion of patients using traditional herbal remedies for malaria varies widely.’
    • ‘Some of the ingredients in popular over-the-counter cold remedies may actually be counterproductive.’
    • ‘While leaf paste is used externally against boils and carbuncles, the extract is considered a good remedy for recurring earache.’
    • ‘Castor oil is a reputed remedy for rheumatic problems and colic.’
    • ‘The water in the well is believed to have curative powers and was recommended as a remedy for warts and blindness.’
    • ‘There are many safe and effective herbal remedies for mothers to take before they turn to pharmaceutical drugs.’
    treatment, cure, medicine, medication, medicament, drug, restorative
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    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From this point of view, foreign investment, in particular, was seen as an effective remedy for unemployment in less affluent nations.’
      • ‘The proper remedy for bad speech in a democratic society is not censorship, but more speech: speech that educates and informs.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the Administration has proposed remedies to this problem.’
      • ‘I think that's a bad remedy for a very, very severe problem.’
      • ‘Her mistake lies in assuming that I offer caretaker resource accounts as the exclusive remedy for social ills.’
      • ‘As a remedy for the undesirable effects of interventionism they ask for still more interventionism.’
      • ‘The traditional remedy for inflation in general, and hyperinflation in particular, is gold.’
      • ‘Is there any major problem lacking a current remedy for which Washington could plausibly offer a solution?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They then proposed a sensible remedy to the problem.’
      • ‘North Dakotans sees a channel to the Red River as a natural remedy for the problem and are perplexed that Manitoba would object.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I decided that the best remedy for this sensory overload was getting out there to explore this amazing city.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      solution, answer, cure, antidote, corrective, curative, nostrum, panacea, cure-all, heal-all, palliative, balm, magic formula
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    2. 1.2A means of legal reparation.
      ‘the doctrine took away their only remedy against merchants who refused to honor their contracts’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Criminal libel is the only remedy against this worthless organisation who simply seek publicity for themselves.’
      • ‘The common law remedy for breach of contract is damages.’
      • ‘It is an application for an equitable remedy to protect the plaintiff against the consequences of unconscionable conduct.’
      • ‘There should not have been an application for legal aid to apply for judicial review whilst that remedy was available.’
      • ‘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 minority shareholder would not have been in a position in the arbitration proceedings to pursue oppression remedies.’
      • ‘As a remedy for the violation, the courts ordered that gays and lesbians be given the right to marry.’
      • ‘So in my submission it is important that we have a remedy against each of them to proceed as we see fit.’
      • ‘But is litigation an adequate remedy against harvesters?’
      • ‘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 common law remedy sought by the petitioner is not excluded by the Family Law Act.’
      • ‘The common law provides a general remedy against companies seeking to pass off counterfeit products as though they were the real thing.’
      • ‘It is said that the claimants had viable alternative remedies 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 Law Commission emphasised that an award of punitive damages should be seen as a remedy of last resort.’
      • ‘Thus, the fact that the estate would have a remedy against a negligent solicitor does not necessarily preclude a claim by the disappointed beneficiary.’
      • ‘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 remedies under section 75 are not remedies by way of appeal.’
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  • Set right (an undesirable situation)

    ‘by the time a problem becomes patently obvious, it may be almost too late to remedy it’
    • ‘I removed my oxygen mask, quickly remedying that problem.’
    • ‘Enforcement action may still be taken to remedy the breach by requiring compliance with the condition.’
    • ‘How can that be the case when I am trying to remedy what he apparently agrees is an unsatisfactory situation?’
    • ‘We can hope the publisher will soon remedy this with a paperback edition.’
    • ‘Brown begins to remedy this situation at the outset.’
    • ‘But even if I had coffee, would it really remedy my situation?’
    • ‘Morally speaking, then, the American government has an urgent obligation to remedy these injustices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hopefully, this will be remedied in the future.’
    • ‘Sam suddenly realized that she was still in his arms and quickly remedied the problem.’
    • ‘The owners also refused to allow the plaintiffs to remedy the defects or complete the contract.’
    • ‘These initiatives will do nothing towards remedying the situation.’
    • ‘Secession would not remedy any ill facing the South, he repeatedly declared.’
    • ‘Someone who would have gotten in had to give up their place because we wanted to remedy past discrimination.’
    • ‘Do not worry, you can soon remedy this situation.’
    • ‘What can be done to remedy the situation, if anything?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The judicious application of a screwdriver quickly remedied this situation.’
    • ‘Forces are aligning, though, to remedy the 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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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French remedie, from Latin remedium, from re- back (also expressing intensive force) + mederi heal.