re·demp·tive | \ri-ˈdem(p)-tiv \

Definition of redemptive 

: of, relating to, or bringing about redemption redemptive suffering

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When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry, the Preacher Who Delivered the Sermon at the Royal Wedding?," 19 May 2018 Results from the 2016 Rio Olympics' football tournament -- where a redemptive Brazil defeated Germany in penalties for gold -- are also not factored, says Gleave. Motez Bishara, CNN, "World Cup: Data says Brazil and Germany in the cards for Russia 2018," 7 June 2018 When love is the way - unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive. Fox News, "Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address," 19 May 2018 Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive. Luke Darby, GQ, "Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon Stole the Show at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 In 2014, the U.S. made it to the Round of 16, largely due to a redemptive win against Ghana. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Why the U.S. Isn't Competing in the 2018 World Cup," 30 Apr. 2018 The possibility of England and France renewing hostilities, a redemptive run from Brazil, or even a golden trophy for Belgium’s golden generation were all more tantalizing options. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 Euro 96, Paul Gascoigne’s goal against Scotland, the 4-1 win over the Dutch, Stuart Pearce’s redemptive penalty against Spain, all that singing together in the sunshine, the sense of England as a better, more welcoming place, was part of that. Jonathan Wilson,, "England's World Cup Run, Southgate Represent More for a Nation in Political Upheaval," 12 July 2018 An eschewing of any redemptive narrative, the track amplifies the cacophonous chorus of voices in Future’s head. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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