re·​demp·​tive | \ri-ˈdem(p)-tiv \

Definition of redemptive 

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

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This portrait of him by actor Everett—who also directs—is stirring, witty, tragic, and ultimately redemptive. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "13 Best Movies Based on True Stories of 2018," 7 Nov. 2018 In Ferryman, though, the interplay of history, lore, and contemporary lives isn’t redemptive but troubling. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 In this novel, to bear witness actively and with compassion can be a redemptive act, but to bear witness passively, as a bystander, is to become complicit in an atrocity. Constance Grady, Vox, "Melmoth, from the author of The Essex Serpent, is a lurid novel of sin and redemption," 22 Oct. 2018 The genderless figures that populate the purse — MI’s first rebranded piece — reflect their creator’s volatile experience in the German capital while also gesturing toward the potential of rebranding to be a spiritually redemptive act. Sessa Tate, Teen Vogue, "MI Leggett Is the Non-Binary Designer Fighting to Dismantle Gender Norms," 15 Aug. 2018 The way many Christians have told the story, however, paints Judas as the consummate villain, the epitome of evil with no redemptive value. Jonathan Merritt, Washington Post, "‘Glorious glitter bomb’: Critics loved ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ but much of religious America was unimpressed," 2 Apr. 2018 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Royal wedding: 10 quotes from the Most Rev. Michael Curry's powerful sermon," 19 May 2018 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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