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1. The act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed.
2. Recovery of something pawned or mortgaged.
3. The payment of an obligation, as a government's payment of the value of its bonds.
4. Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue.
5. Christianity Salvation from sin through Jesus's sacrifice.

[Middle English redempcioun, from Old French redemption, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, from redēmptus, past participle of redimere, to redeem; see redeem.]

re·demp′tion·al, re·demp′tive, re·demp′to·ry (-tə-rē) adj.


(rɪˈdɛmp tɪv)

1. serving to redeem.
2. of, pertaining to, or centering on redemption or salvation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.redemptive - of or relating to or resulting in redemption; "a redemptive theory about life"- E.K.Brown
2.redemptive - bringing about salvation or redemption from sin; "saving faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love"
good - morally admirable


[rɪˈdemptɪv] ADJredentor


adj (Rel) → erlösend, rettend
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There is no institution for whose history I have a deeper admiration; but I cannot honestly be ordained her minister, as my brothers are, while she refuses to liberate her mind from an untenable redemptive theolarty.
He believed that some of the first steps in the necessary redemptive process must be the education of the poor and a return to what he conceived (certainly with much exaggeration) to have been the conditions of medieval labor, when each craftsman was not a mere machine but an intelligent and original artistic creator; but the underlying essential was to free industry from the spirit of selfish money-getting and permeate it with Christian sympathy and respect for man as man.
This depressing aspect of Yiddish literature has a profound source beyond Jewish historical realities: Jewish tradition is fundamentally skeptical of art, and consequently, Yiddish literature's greatest humor is really humor about literature's supposed redemptive powers.
The symbol of the crucifix has led the late sculptor Eduardo Castrillo (1942-2016) to create an entire series of sculptures dedicated to the redemptive power of the crucifix.
There are some nicely-staged poker games as it spirals towards a redemptive final twist and Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton also chip in with strong performances.
This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering" (618).
The remainder of the book is usefully organized around four themes: the Holocaust as a narrative problem, German society and redemptive antisemitism, mass killing and genocide, and perspectives.
The redemptive idea is constantly playing out in our lives, whether in the quasi-religion of self-help or in politics high and low.
Furthermore, one of the benefits of the work is that it offers a theoretical basis for what many readers do already, and what many Christian readers do instinctively, which is to look for patterns of redemption in art--patterns that reflect their own belief in a universal redemptive order.
Originally a doctoral dissertation, this constructive study by Jeremy Wynne proposes that, rather than viewing divine wrath either as an exclusively economic representation of God's being or simply as an eternal attribute to be twinned competitively with God's love, we might better regard divine wrath as a "redemptive mode of divine perfection," specifically, "a redemptive mode of [God's] righteousness" (13).
Spiritual development is a transformational journey that seeks a redemptive core of values.
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