re·​deem·​ing ri-ˈdē-miŋ How to pronounce redeeming (audio)
: serving to offset or compensate for a defect
her performance is the film's redeeming feature

Examples of redeeming in a Sentence

The job's only redeeming feature is the employee discount.
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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of redeeming was in 1827

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“Redeeming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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