a medicine or other remedy for counteracting the effects of poison, disease, etc.
something that prevents or counteracts injurious or unwanted effects:
Good jobs are the best antidote to teenage crime.
to counteract with an antidote:
Medication was given to antidote the poison the child had swallowed.
Contemporary Examples

I highly doubt that anyone not already in a state of despair would look to war as an antidote to Godlessness.
There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes Michael Carson October 4, 2014

We are now served up daily portions of God-fearing Tim Tebow as antidote.
2011 Outrages of the Year: Donald Trump, Obama’s Populism, Sandusky Lee Siegel December 29, 2011

Good relations with Washington symbolize Global Israel, the rival good (if not the antidote to) Greater Israel.
Obama’s Two Elections Bernard Avishai October 21, 2012

Reformers understood that constructive societal evolution was the antidote to socialist revolution.
From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR John Avlon September 8, 2014

The book is an antidote to the current trend toward hyperactive parenting.
Freestyle Fatherhood Taylor Antrim October 9, 2009

Historical Examples

In short, the censorship did what it always does: it left the poison on the table and carefully locked up the antidote.
Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux

I only wished that my mother had been present to receive an antidote to Mrs. Coates.
Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

In an old book of recipes I find them mentioned as an antidote to poison.
The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward

Now, where can he find an antidote, who can teach him a healing formula?
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

The antidote for all these ills culminating in death was the tree of life.
The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 7, July, 1880 Various

(med) a drug or agent that counteracts or neutralizes the effects of a poison
anything that counteracts or relieves a harmful or unwanted condition; remedy

“remedy counteracting poison,” 1510s (earlier in English as a Latin word), from Middle French antidot and directly from Latin antidotum “a remedy against poison,” from Greek antidoton “given as a remedy,” literally “given against,” verbal adjective of antididonai “give in return,” from anti- “against” + didonai “to give” (see date (n.1)). Cf. Middle English antidotarie “treatise on drugs or medicines” (c.1400).

antidote an·ti·dote (ān’tĭ-dōt’)
An agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
an’ti·dot’al (ān’tĭ-dōt’l) adj.
an’ti·dot’al·ly adv.
A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison.


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