noun, plural rem·e·dies.

  1. something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.
  2. something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.
  3. Law. legal redress; the legal means of enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.
  4. 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.

  1. to cure, relieve, or heal.
  2. to restore to the natural or proper condition; put right: to remedy a matter.
  3. to counteract or remove: to remedy an evil.

noun plural -dies

  1. (usually foll by for or against) any drug or agent that cures a disease or controls its symptoms
  2. (usually foll by for or against) anything that serves to put a fault to rights, cure defects, improve conditions, etca remedy for industrial disputes
  3. the legally permitted variation from the standard weight or quality of coins; tolerance

verb (tr)

  1. to relieve or cure (a disease, illness, etc) by or as if by a remedy
  2. 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.


  1. Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder.


  1. To relieve or cure a disease or disorder.
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