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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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