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an·ti·dote (ăntĭ-dōt)
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1. A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
2. An agent that relieves or counteracts: jogging as an antidote to nervous tension.
tr.v. an·ti·dot·ed, an·ti·dot·ing, an·ti·dotes
To relieve or counteract with an antidote: "Hallie's family life is laced with the poison of self-hatred, a poison that Sam has antidoted with love and understanding" (Christopher Swan).

[Middle English, from Latin antidotum, from Greek antidoton, from antididonai, antido-, to give as a remedy against : anti-, anti- + didonai, to give; see dō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

anti·dotal (ăntĭ-dōtl) adj.
anti·dotal·ly adv.

Usage Note: Antidote may be followed by to, for, or against: an antidote to boredom; an antidote for snakebite; an antidote against inflation.

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