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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.
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God did not make redemptive promises in this covenant but instead unconditionally promised to preserve the world and to withhold final judgment for sin "while the earth remains" (Gen.
How, then, did American foreign policy burst the bounds of our particular national interest and become universal, aspiring to complete a redemptive democratic mission?
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).
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.
Franz Rosenzweig's rational subjective system; the redemptive turning point in philosophy and theology.