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[n. ree-dres, ri-dres; v. ri-dres] /n. ˈri drɛs, rɪˈdrɛs; v. rɪˈdrɛs/
the setting right of what is wrong:
redress of abuses.
relief from wrong or injury.
compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or injury.
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.
Origin of redress
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)
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. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to put right (a wrong), esp by compensation; make reparation for: to redress a grievance
to correct or adjust (esp in the phrase redress the balance)
to make compensation to (a person) for a wrong
the act or an instance of setting right a wrong; remedy or cure: to seek redress of grievances
compensation, amends, or reparation for a wrong, injury, etc
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
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Word Origin and History for redresser



mid-14c., "to correct, reform;" late 14c., "restore, put right" (a wrong, error, offense); "repair; relieve; improve; amend," from Old French redrecier "reform, restore, rebuild" (Modern French redresser), from re- "again" (see re-) + drecier "to straighten, arrange" (see dress (v.)). Formerly used in many more senses than currently. Related: Redressed; redressing.

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