from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
- n. A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable medical effects.
- n. An ineffective but favorite remedy for a problem, usually involving political action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.
- n. Any scheme or device proposed by a quack.
- n. Any scheme asserted to solve a problem, but with no objective basis for belief in its effectiveness; esp., in politics, a scheme or proposal likely to prove popular with voters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medicine the ingredients of which, and the method of compounding them, are kept secret, for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; especially, a quack medicine.
- n. Hence Any scheme or device of a quack or charlatan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
- n. patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
From Latin nostrum (remedium), our (remedy), neuter of noster; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nostrum ("ours"), nominative neuter of noster ("our, ours"). (Wiktionary)