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remedy

[rem-i-dee] /ˈrɛm ɪ di/
noun, plural remedies.
1.
something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.
2.
something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.
3.
Law. legal redress; the legal means of enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.
4.
Coining. a certain allowance at the mint for deviation from the standard weight and fineness of coins; tolerance.
verb (used with object), remedied, remedying.
5.
to cure, relieve, or heal.
6.
to restore to the natural or proper condition; put right:
to remedy a matter.
7.
to counteract or remove:
to remedy an evil.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English remedie < Anglo-French < Latin remedium, equivalent to re- re- + med(ērī) to heal, assuage, remedy (cf. medical) + -ium -ium; (v.) late Middle English remedien (< Middle French remedier) < Latin remediāre, derivative of remedium
Related forms
nonremedy, noun, plural nonremedies.
unremedied, adjective
Synonyms
1. cure, restorative, specific, medicament, medication. 2. corrective, antidote. 5. See cure. 6. repair, correct, redress, renew.
Antonyms
5. worsen.
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British Dictionary definitions for remedies

remedy

/ˈrɛmɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
usually foll by for or against. any drug or agent that cures a disease or controls its symptoms
2.
usually foll by for or against. anything that serves to put a fault to rights, cure defects, improve conditions, etc: a remedy for industrial disputes
3.
the legally permitted variation from the standard weight or quality of coins; tolerance
verb (transitive)
4.
to relieve or cure (a disease, illness, etc) by or as if by a remedy
5.
to put to rights (a fault, error, etc); correct
Derived Forms
remediable (rɪˈmiːdɪəbəl) adjective
remediably, adverb
remediless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman remedie, from Latin remedium a cure, from remedērī to heal again, from re- + medērī to heal; see medical
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Word Origin and History for remedies

remedy

n.

c.1200, "cure for a disease or disorder; means of counteracting an evil," from Anglo-French remedie, Old French remede "remedy, cure" (12c., Modern French remède) and directly from Latin remedium "a cure, remedy, medicine, antidote, that which restores health," from re-, intensive prefix (or perhaps literally, "again;" see re-), + mederi "to heal" (see medical (adj.)). Figurative use from c.1300.

v.

c.1400, from Old French remedier or directly from Latin remediare, from remedium (see remedy (n.)). Related: Remedied; remedying.

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remedies in Medicine

remedy rem·e·dy (rěm'ĭ-dē)
n.
Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder. v. rem·e·died, rem·e·dy·ing, rem·e·dies
To relieve or cure a disease or disorder.

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