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re-dress

[ree-dres] /riˈdrɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to dress again.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; re- + dress
Can be confused
re-dress, redress (see synonym study at redress)

redress

[n. ree-dres, ri-dres; v. ri-dres] /n. ˈri drɛs, rɪˈdrɛs; v. rɪˈdrɛs/
noun
1.
the setting right of what is wrong:
redress of abuses.
2.
relief from wrong or injury.
3.
compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or injury.
verb (used with object)
4.
to set right; remedy or repair (wrongs, injuries, etc.).
5.
to correct or reform (abuses, evils, etc.).
6.
to remedy or relieve (suffering, want, etc.).
7.
to adjust evenly again, as a balance.
Origin
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English redressen < Middle French redresser, Old French redrecier, equivalent to re- re- + drecier to straighten (see dress); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French redresse, redresce, derivative of the v.
Related forms
redressable, redressible, adjective
redresser, redressor, noun
unredressable, adjective
Can be confused
re-dress, redress (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. 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. ease.
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Examples for redress
  • Affirmative action is an effort to redress the lack of representation in some small way.
  • Great litigators shape the law and provide redress for the injured.
  • How many mortgage holders will now seek redress is uncertain.
  • To try to redress public finances, scrapping large parts of the welfare state is unavoidable.
  • At present, employers can get rid of older workers once they reach the mandatory retirement age without fear of legal redress.
  • Its non-transparent working in the name of technology does not enable a good customer redress mechanism.
  • The law has rarely been invoked, but has occasionally provided some redress.
  • If a contract is broken or payment withheld, it is better to give up than rely on the courts for redress.
  • In fact, it serves to rub salt into a deeply gashed wound that has never known healing or redress.
  • Let's take the opportunity to redress them as quickly as possible.
British Dictionary definitions for redress

redress

/rɪˈdrɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put right (a wrong), esp by compensation; make reparation for to redress a grievance
2.
to correct or adjust (esp in the phrase redress the balance)
3.
to make compensation to (a person) for a wrong
noun
4.
the act or an instance of setting right a wrong; remedy or cure to seek redress of grievances
5.
compensation, amends, or reparation for a wrong, injury, etc
6.
relief from poverty or want
Derived Forms
redressable, redressible, adjective
redresser, (rare) redressor, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French redrecier to set up again, from re- + drecier to straighten; see dress

re-dress

/riːˈdrɛs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to dress (something) again
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Word Origin and History for redress
redress
mid-14c., from O.Fr. redrecier, from re- "again" + drecier "to straighten, arrange." Formerly used in many more senses than currently.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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