The act, manner, or method of handling or dealing with someone or something: "the right to equal treatment in the criminal and juvenile justice system\u201d ( Susan C. Ross). Informal The usual methods of dealing with a given situation: gave the opposing team the treatment. Administration or application of remedies to a patient or for a disease or injury; medicinal or surgical management; therapy. The substance or remedy so applied. A written sketch outlining the plot, characters, and action for a screenplay but not including certain elements of a finished screenplay, such as camera directions and dialogue. An adaptation of a novel or other literary work that serves as the basis for a screenplay.