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[ri-demp-tiv] /rɪˈdɛmp tɪv/
serving to redeem.
of, pertaining to, or centering on redemption or salvation:
redemptive religions.
1640-50; redempt(ion) + -ive
Related forms
redemptively, adverb
nonredemptive, adjective
unredemptive, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for redemptive
  • Most of us who become scholars believe in learning's redemptive power.
  • At his best, he can make any ritual seem both unnatural and redemptive.
  • Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous education and transforming possibilities.
  • He recalled the road that led him to becoming homeless and the redemptive path he's been on over the past few years.
  • Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
  • He believes in the redemptive power of the human spirit.
  • His work considers the redemptive qualities of materials and neighborhoods.
  • Teachers and researchers may not be able to seek this redemptive alternative.
  • Unlike tax sales, sheriff's sales have no redemptive period.
  • One building in particular possessed redemptive value.
Word Origin and History for redemptive

1640s, from redempt (mid-15c.), adjective from Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere (see redemption) + -ive. Related: Redemptively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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