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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Remedy \Rem"e*dy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Remedied (-d?d); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Remedying.] [L. remediare, remediari: cf. F.
     rem['e]dier. See Remedy, n.]
     To apply a remedy to; to relieve; to cure; to heal; to
     repair; to redress; to correct; to counteract.
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           I will remedy this gear ere long.        --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Remedy \Rem"e*dy\ (r?m"?-d?), n.; pl. Remedies (-d?z). [L.
     remedium; pref. re- re- + mederi to heal, to cure: cf. F.
     rem[`e]de remedy, rem['e]dier to remedy. See Medical.]
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     1. That which relieves or cures a disease; any medicine or
        application which puts an end to disease and restores
        health; -- with for; as, a remedy for the gout.
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     2. That which corrects or counteracts an evil of any kind; a
        corrective; a counteractive; reparation; cure; -- followed
        by for or against, formerly by to.
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              What may else be remedy or cure
              To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought,
              He will instruct us.                  --Milton.
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     3. (Law) The legal means to recover a right, or to obtain
        redress for a wrong.
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     Civil remedy. See under Civil.
     Remedy of the mint (Coinage), a small allowed deviation
        from the legal standard of weight and fineness; -- called
        also tolerance.
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     Syn: Cure; restorative; counteraction; reparation; redress;
          relief; aid; help; assistance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil [syn:
           redress, remedy, remediation]
      2: a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
         [syn: remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic]
      v 1: set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies";
           "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"
           [syn: rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amend]
      2: provide relief for; "remedy his illness" [syn: remedy,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "remedy":
     abatement, abet, aid, allayment, alleviate, alleviation,
     ameliorate, amend, amends, analgesia, anesthesia, anesthetizing,
     answer, antacid, antidote, appeasement, assist, assistance,
     assuagement, avail, bail out, bandage, bathe, bear a hand,
     befriend, benefit, bring around, bring round, buffer, care for,
     comfort, compensate, compensation, control, correct, correction,
     corrective, counteractant, counteractive, counteragent,
     counterirritant, countermeasure, counterstep, cure, cure-all,
     curing, deadening, diagnose, diminishment, diminution, do good,
     doctor, drug, dulling, ease, easement, easing, elixir, emend,
     favor, fixing, flux, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift,
     give care to, give help, give satisfaction, good offices, heal,
     healing, help, improve, lend a hand, lend one aid, lessening,
     lulling, make all square, make good, make right, making right,
     massage, medicament, medication, medicinal, medicine, mend,
     mending, minister to, ministration, ministry, mitigate, mitigation,
     mollification, neutralizer, nostrum, nullifier, numbing, nurse,
     office, offices, offset, operate on, overhaul, overhauling,
     palliation, panacea, pay reparations, pharmaceutical, pharmacon,
     physic, plaster, poultice, prescribe, prescription, preventative,
     preventive, proffer aid, prophylactic, protect, protection,
     pull round, purge, put right, put straight, put to rights, rally,
     reclaim, recompense, rectification, rectify, recure, redeem,
     redress, reduction, reform, relief, relieve, remunerate,
     render assistance, repair, repairing, reparation, requite, rescue,
     restorative, restore, restore to health, resuscitate, revive,
     right, rub, salving, satisfaction, save, service, set right,
     set straight, set to rights, set up, softening, solution, soothe,
     soothing, specific, splint, straighten out, strap, subduement,
     succor, support, take in tow, therapy, treat, treatment,
     troubleshooting, work a cure

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REMEDY. The means employed to enforce a right or redress an injury. 
       2. The importance of selecting a proper remedy is made strikingly 
  evident by tho following statement. "Recently a common law barrister, very 
  eminent for his legal attainments, sound opinions, and great practice, 
  advised that there was no remedy whatever against a married woman, who, 
  having a considerable separate estate, had joined with her husband in a 
  promissory note for X2500, for a debt of her husband, because he was of 
  opinion that the contract of a married woman is absolutely void, and 
  referred to a decision to that effect, viz. Marshall v. Rutton, 8 T. R. 545, 
  he not knowing, or forgetting, that in equity, under such circumstances, 
  payment might have been enforced out of the separate estate. And afterwards, 
  a very eminent equity counsel, equally erroneously advised, in the same 
  case, that the remedy was only in equity, although it appeared upon the face 
  of the case, as then stated, that, after the death of her husband, the wife 
  had promised to pay, in consideration of forbearance, and upon which promise 
  she might have been arrested and sued at law. If the common law counsel had 
  properly advised proceedings in equity, or if the equity counsel had advised 
  proceedings by arrest at law, upon the promise, after the death of the 
  husband, the whole debt would have been paid. But, upon this latter opinion, 
  a bill in chancery was filed, and so much time elapsed before decree, that a 
  great part of the property was dissipated, and the wife escaped with the 
  residue into France, and the creditor thus wholly lost his debt, which would 
  have been recovered, if the proper proceedings had been adopted in the first 
  or even second instance. This is one of the very numerous cases almost daily 
  occurring, illustrative of the consequences of the want of, at least, a 
  general knowledge of every branch of law." 
       3. Remedies may be considered in relation to 1. The enforcement of 
  contracts. 2. The redress of torts or injuries. 
       4.-Sec. 1. The remedies for the enforcement of contracts are generally 
  by action. The form of these depend upon the nature of the contract. They 
  will be briefly considered, each separately. 
       5.-1. The breach of parol or simple contracts, whether verbal or 
  written, express or implied, for the payment of money, or for the 
  performance or omission of any other act, is remediable by action of 
  assumpsit. (q, v.) This is the proper remedy, therefore, to recover money 
  lent, paid, and had and received to the use of the plaintiff; and in some 
  cases though the money have been received tortiously or by duress of, the 
  person or goods, it may be recovered.in this form of action, as, in that 
  case, the law implies a contract. 2 Ld. Raym. 1216; 2 Bl. R. 827; 3 Wils. R. 
  304; 2 T. R. 144; 3 Johns. R. 183. This action is also the proper remedy 
  upon wagers, feigned issues, and awards when the submission is not by deed, 
  and to recover money due on foreign judgments; 4 T. R. 493; 3 East, R. 221; 
  11 East, R; 124; and on by-laws. 1 B. & P. 98. 
       6.-2. To recover money due and unpaid upon legal liabilities, Hob. 206; 
  or upon simple contracts either express or implied, whether verbal or 
  written, and upon contracts under seal or of record, Bull. N. P. 167; Com. 
  Dig. Debt, A 9; and on statutes by a party grieved, or by a common informer, 
  whenever the demand is for a sum certain, or is capable of being readily 
  reduced to a certainty; 7 Mass. R. 202; 3 Mass. R. 309, 310; the remedy is 
  by action of debt. Vide Debt. 
       7.-3. When a covenantee, has sustained damages in consequence of the 
  non-performance of a promise under seal, whether such promise be contained 
  in a deed poll, indenture, or whether it be express or implied by law from 
  the terms of the deed; or whether the damages be liquidated or unliquidated, 
  the proper remedy is by action of covenant. Vide Covenant. 
       8.-4. For the detention of a chattel, which the party obtained by 
  virtue of a contract, as a bailment, or by some other lawful means, as by 
  finding, the. owner, may in general support an action of detinue, (q.v.) and 
  replevin; (q.v.) or when he has converted the property to his own use, 
  trover and conversion. (q.v.) 
       9.-Sec. 2. Remedies for the redress of injuries. These remedies are 
  either public, by indictment, when the injury to the individual or to his 
  property affects the public; or private, when the tort is only injurious to 
  the individual. 
      10. There are three kinds of remedies, namely, 1. The preventive. 2. 
  That which seeks for a compensation. 3. That which has for its object 
      11.-1. The preventive, or removing, or abating remedies, are those which 
  may be by acts of the party aggrieved, or by the intervention of legal 
  proceedings; as, in the case of injuries to the. person, or to personal or 
  real property, defence, resistance, recaption, abatement of nuisance, and 
  surety of the peace, or injunction in equity and perhaps some others. 
      12.-2. Remedies for compensation are those which may he either by the 
  acts of the party aggrieved, or summarily before justices, or by 
  arbitration, or action, or suit at law or in equity. 
      13.-3. Remedies which have for their object punishments, or compensation 
  and punishments, are either summary proceedings before magistrates, or 
  indictment, &c. The party injured in many cases of private injuries, which 
  are also a public offence, as, batteries and libels, may have both remedies, 
  a public indictment for the criminal offence, and a civil action for the 
  private wrong. When the law gives several remedies, the party entitled to 
  them may select that best calculated to answer his ends. Vide 2 Atk. 344; 4 
  Johns. Ch. R. 140; 6 Johns. Ch. Rep. 78; 2 Conn. R. 353; 10 Johns. R. 481; 9 
  Serg. & Rawle, 302. In felony and some other cases, the private injury is so 
  far merged in the public crime that no action can be maintained for it, at 
  least until after the public prosecution shall have been ended. Vide Civil 
      14. It will be proper to consider, 1. The private remedies, as, they 
  seek the prevention of offences, compensation for committing them, and the 
  punishment of their authors. 2. The public remedies, which have for their 
  object protection and punishment. 
      15.-1. Private remedies. When the right invaded and the injury committed 
  are merely private, no one has a right to interfere or seek a remedy except 
  the party immediately injured and his professional advisers. But when the 
  remedy is even nominally public, and prosecuted in the name of the 
  commonwealth, any one may institute the proceedings, although not privately 
  injured. 1 Salk. 174; 1 Atk. 221; 8 M. & S. 71. 
      16. Private remedies are, 1, By the act of the party, or by legal 
  proceedings to prevent the commission or repetition of an injury, or to 
  remove it; or, 2. They are to recover compensation for the injury which has 
  been committed. 
      17.-1. The preventive and removing remedies are principally of two 
  descriptions, namely, 1st. Those by the act of the party himself, or of 
  certain relations or third persons permitted by law to interfere, as with 
  respect to the person, by self-defence, resistance, escape, rescue, and even 
  prison breaking, when the imprisonment is clearly illegal; or in case of 
  personal property, by resistance or recaption; or in case of real property, 
  resistance or turning a trespasser out of his house or off his land, even 
  with force; 1 Saund. 81, 140, note 4; or by apprehending a wrong-doer, or by 
  reentry and regaining possession, taking care not to commit a forcible 
  entry, or a breach of the peace; or, in case of nuisances, public or 
  private, by abatement; vide Abatement of nuisances; or remedies by distress, 
  (q.v.) or by set off or retainer. See, as to remedies by act of the parties, 
  1 Dane's Ab. c. 2, p. 130. 
      18.-2. When the injury is complete or continuing, the remedies to obtain 
  compensation are either specific or in damages. These are summary before 
  justices of the peace or others; or formal, either by action or suit in 
  courts of law or equity, or in the admiralty courts. As an example of 
  summary proceedings may be mentioned the manner of regaining possession by 
  applying to magistrates against forcible entry and detainer, where the 
  statutes authorize the proceedings. Formal proceedings are instituted when 
  certain rights have been invaded. If the injury affect a legal right, then 
  the remedy is in general by action in a court of law; but if an equitable 
  right, or if it can be better investigated in a court of equity,' then the 
  remedy is by bill. Vide Chancery. 
      19.-2. Public remedies. These may be divided into such as are intended 
  to prevent crimes, and those where the object is to punish them. 1. The 
  preventive remedies may be exercised without any warrant either by a 
  constable, (q.v.) or other officer, or even by a private citizen. Persons in 
  the act of committing a felony or a broach of the peace may arrested by any 
  one. Vide Arrest. A public nuisance may be abated without any other warrant 
  or authority than that given by the law. Vide Nuisance. 2. The proceedings 
  intended as a punishment for offences, are either summary, vide Conviction; 
  or by indictment. (q.v.) 
      20. Remedies are specific and cumulative; the former are those which can 
  alone be applied to restore a right or punish a crime; for example, where a 
  statute makes unlawful what was lawful before, and gives a particular 
  remedy, that is specific and must be pursued, and no other. Cro. Jac. 644; 1 
  Salk. 4 5; 2 Burr. 803. But when an offence was antecedently punishable by a 
  common law proceeding, as by indictment, and a statute prescribes a 
  particular remedy, there such particular remedy is cumulative, and 
  proceedings may be had at common law or under the statute. 1 Saund. 134, n. 
  4. Vide Bac. Ab. Actions in general, B; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Actions; 
  Arrest; Civil remedy; Election of Actions. 

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