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1 a : intended as or providing a remedy
b : concerned with the correction, removal, or abatement of an evil, defect, or disease [ treatment of an inmate to improve behavior] [a workers' compensation claimant who received attention from a doctor] [ a statute correcting the previous law]
2 : of, relating to, or being a law enacted for the purpose of providing a method of enforcing an already existing substantive right
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.