noun, plural rem·e·dies.
- something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.
- something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.
- Law. legal redress; the legal means of enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.
- Coining. a certain allowance at the mint for deviation from the standard weight and fineness of coins; tolerance.
verb (used with object), rem·e·died, rem·e·dy·ing.
- to cure, relieve, or heal.
- to restore to the natural or proper condition; put right: to remedy a matter.
- to counteract or remove: to remedy an evil.
noun plural -dies
- (usually foll by for or against) any drug or agent that cures a disease or controls its symptoms
- (usually foll by for or against) anything that serves to put a fault to rights, cure defects, improve conditions, etca remedy for industrial disputes
- the legally permitted variation from the standard weight or quality of coins; tolerance
- to relieve or cure (a disease, illness, etc) by or as if by a remedy
- to put to rights (a fault, error, etc); correct
c.1200, “cure for a disease or disorder; means of counteracting an evil,” from Anglo-French remedie, Old French remede “remedy, cure” (12c., Modern French remède) and directly from Latin remedium “a cure, remedy, medicine, antidote, that which restores health,” from re-, intensive prefix (or perhaps literally, “again;” see re-), + mederi “to heal” (see medical (adj.)). Figurative use from c.1300.
c.1400, from Old French remedier or directly from Latin remediare, from remedium (see remedy (n.)). Related: Remedied; remedying.
- Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder.
- To relieve or cure a disease or disorder.