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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”). Doublet of remeid.
remedy (plural remedies)
- Something that corrects or counteracts.
- (law) The legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong.
- A medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease.
- 1638, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy. […], 5th edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed [by Robert Young, Miles Flesher, and Leonard Lichfield and William Turner] for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection iv, page 298:
- Beautie alone is a ſoveraigne remedy againſt feare,griefe,and all melancholy fits; a charm,as Peter de la Seine and many other writers affirme,a banquet it ſelfe;he gives inſtance in diſcontented Menelaus that was ſo often freed by Helenas faire face: and hTully, 3 Tusc. cites Epicurus as a chiefe patron of this Tenent.
- 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.
- The accepted tolerance or deviation in fineness or weight in the production of gold coins etc.
- (Scottish contexts): remeid
something that corrects or counteracts
medicine, application, or treatment
remedy (third-person singular simple present remedies, present participle remedying, simple past and past participle remedied)
- (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, published 1973, § 27:
- Nor is geometry, when taken into the assistance of natural philosophy, ever able to remedy this defect,
- See also Thesaurus:repair
To provide or serve as a remedy for
- “remedy”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “remedy”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- remedy at OneLook Dictionary Search
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