remedial 1650s, "curing, relieving," from L. remedialis "healing, curing," from L. remedium (see REMEDY (Cf. remedy)). Educational sense of "concerned with improving skills" is first recorded 1924.

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  • remedial — adjective Date: 1651 1. intended as a remedy 2. concerned with the correction of faulty study habits and the raising of a pupil s general competence < remedial reading courses >; also receiving or requiring remedial instruction < remedial… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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