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From Middle English remedie, from Old French *remedie, remede, from Latin remedium ‎(a remedy, cure), from re- ‎(again) + mederi ‎(to heal).



remedy ‎(plural remedies)

  1. Something that corrects or counteracts.
  2. (law) The legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong.
  3. A medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease.
    • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      He said to himself that no doubt they would save her; the doctors would discover some remedy surely. He remembered all the miraculous cures he had been told about. Then she appeared to him dead. She was there; before his eyes, lying on her back in the middle of the road. He reined up, and the hallucination disappeared.

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remedy ‎(third-person singular simple present remedies, present participle remedying, simple past and past participle remedied)

  1. (transitive) To provide or serve as a remedy for.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 27.
      Nor is geometry, when taken into the assistance of natural philosophy, ever able to remedy this defect,


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