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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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 Not to construct some alternative God, like reimagining humanity as some collective agent that manifests itself through history or science or some other redemptive force. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 Eventually, Squeaky draws on unexpected gifts to combat the villains, in this down-to-earth fable that mixes harsh reality with redemptive hope in a bracing manner all Ms. Perry’s own. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales to Warm a Cold Winter’s Night," 21 Dec. 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?," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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