Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder.
  • n. Something that corrects an evil, fault, or error.
  • n. Law A legal order of preventing or redressing a wrong or enforcing a right.
  • n. The allowance by a mint for deviation from the standard weight or quality of coins.
  • transitive v. To relieve or cure (a disease or disorder).
  • transitive v. To remove, counteract, or rectify. See Synonyms at correct, cure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that corrects or counteracts.
  • n. The legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong.
  • n. A medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease.
  • v. To provide or serve as a remedy for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which relieves or cures a disease; any medicine or application which puts an end to disease and restores health; -- with for.
  • n. That which corrects or counteracts an evil of any kind; a corrective; a counteractive; reparation; cure; -- followed by for or against, formerly by to.
  • n. The legal means to recover a right, or to obtain redress for a wrong.
  • transitive v. To apply a remedy to; to relieve; to cure; to heal; to repair; to redress; to correct; to counteract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cure; heal: as, to remedy a disease.
  • To repair or remove something evil from; restore to a natural or proper condition.
  • To remove or counteract, as something evil; redress.
  • n. That which cures a disease; any medicine or application or process which promotes restoration to health or alleviates the effects of disease: with for before the name of a disease.
  • n. That which corrects or counteracts an evil of any kind; relief; redress; reparation.
  • n. In law, the means given for obtaining through a court of justice any right or compensation or redress for a wrong.
  • n. In coining, a certain allowance at the mint for deviation from the standard weight and fineness of coins: same as allowance, 7.
  • n. A course of action to bring about a certain result.
  • n. Synonyms and Cure, restorative, specific, antidote, corrective.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide relief for
  • n. act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
  • v. set straight or right
  • n. a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

Etymologies

Middle English remedie, from Old French, from Latin remedium : re-, re- + medērī, to heal; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English remedie, from Old French *remedie, remede, from Latin remedium ("a remedy, cure"), from re- ("again") + mederi ("to heal"). (Wiktionary)

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  • If you've got the poison, I've got the remedy.

    February 16, 2009