Antidote meaning

ăntĭ-dōt
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Antidote is defined as something that works against an unwanted condition to make it better.

An example of an antidote is going on vacation somewhere warm when the winter blues start to kick in.

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A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison.
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A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
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Anything that works against an evil or unwanted condition.
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A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
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Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.

We need an antidote for this misinformation.

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An agent that relieves or counteracts.

Jogging as an antidote to nervous tension.

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A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").

She reached the hospital in time to receive the antidote for the snake venom.

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To counteract as an antidote.
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The definition of antidote is a remedy given to someone who has just been exposed to a poison in order to help him get better.

An example of an antidote is when the doctors give medicines to a person who has inhaled anthrax in order to combat the effects and save his life.

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To relieve or counteract with an antidote.
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A remedy to counteract a poison.
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Origin of antidote

  • Middle English from Latin antidotum from Greek antidoton from antididonai antido- to give as a remedy against anti- anti- didonai to give dō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin antidotum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίδοτον (antidoton), neuter of ἀντίδοτος (antidotos, “given as a remedy for”), from ἀντιδίδωμι (antididōmi, “I give in return, repay”), from ἀντί (anti, “against”) + δίδωμι (didōmi, “I give”). Compare French antidote.

    From Wiktionary