verb (used with object)
to set right; remedy or repair (wrongs, injuries, etc.).
to correct or reform (abuses, evils, etc.).
to remedy or relieve (suffering, want, etc.).
to adjust evenly again, as a balance.
(v.) Middle English redressen
< Middle French redresser, Old French redrecier,
equivalent to re- re-
to straighten (see dress
); (noun) Middle English
< Anglo-French redresse, redresce,
derivative of the v.
redressable, redressible, adjectiveredresser, redressor, noununredressable, adjective
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
restoration, remedy, atonement. Redress, reparation, restitution
suggest making amends or giving indemnification for a wrong. Redress
may refer either to the act of setting right an unjust situation (as by some power), or to satisfaction sought or gained for a wrong suffered: the redress of grievances. Reparation
means compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or loss inflicted. The word may have the moral idea of amends: to make reparation for one's neglect;
but more frequently it refers to financial compensation (which is asked for, rather than given): the reparations demanded of the aggressor nations. Restitution
means literally the restoration of what has been taken from the lawful owner: He demanded restitution of his land;
it may also refer to restoring the equivalent of what has been taken: They made him restitution for his land. 5.
amend, mend, emend, right, rectify, adjust. 6.