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[ri-demp-tiv] /rɪˈdɛmp tɪv/
serving to redeem.
of, relating to, or centering on redemption or salvation:
redemptive religions.
Origin of redemptive
1640-50; redempt(ion) + -ive
Related forms
redemptively, adverb
nonredemptive, adjective
unredemptive, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It took the moral degradation of the city to rouse the churches to activity as redemptive civic powers.

    The Leaven in a Great City Lillian William Betts
  • It is a shame that we would rather be pretty than redemptive.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • The speakers confess, that they know that the Servant's suffering was both vicarious and redemptive.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
  • Ransom means something to loosen with; that is, a redemptive price.

    The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford
  • Love like that I bear you must in some way be redemptive in its nature.

    The Redemption of David Corson Charles Frederic Goss
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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