re·​demp·​tive | \ ri-ˈdem(p)-tiv How to pronounce redemptive (audio) \

Definition of redemptive

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

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By the end Ms Shafak persuades the reader to care powerfully about Leila, as the novel comes to a sorrowful but redemptive conclusion. The Economist, "Elif Shafak’s new novel is powerful and unflinching," 15 June 2019 The innocent blood of these little girls may well serve as a redemptive force that will bring new light to this dark city. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea," 12 Jan. 2018 Admittedly, Bran is now the Three-Eyed Raven and therefore has a different set of priorities, while Jaime's been on a long and semi-redemptive arc since that day in the tower. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, become redemptive. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "‘There’s power in love’: Read the fiery sermon at the royal wedding by the Episcopal Church’s Michael Curry," 19 May 2018 Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reverend Michael Curry Electrified the Royal Wedding With a Moving Sermon," 19 May 2018 Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. Fox News, "Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address," 19 May 2018 Love can be sacrificial and, in so doing, become redemptive. Meagan Fredette,, "The Breakout Star Of The Royal Wedding Was Bishop Michael Curry's Fire Speech," 19 May 2018 Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Bishop Michael Curry's Wedding Sermon," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of redemptive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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