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

Definition of redemptive

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

Examples of redemptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All-American, joyfully acknowledged Ford's redemptive metamorphosis by his senior year, calling him mature and ready to lead the team. Douglas Clark, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Virginie also has a winsome young daughter, Maya (Lilou Siauvaud), who naturally hits it off with Bill immediately, raising the specter of a redemptive second shot at fatherhood. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Like Cora, the reader cannot escape the hideous legacies of slavery, but Mr. Whitehead holds out some hope for a redemptive future through his heroine: discerning, fierce, indomitable. Dorothy Wickenden, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Singer and soundscape artist Queen Drea's vocalizations, like the people the show celebrates, combine mourning and anger with redemptive beauty. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Each new Trump crisis—and there were many—offered the hope of some redemptive, indisputable, unambiguous end to Trump that would conclude this sorry chapter in American politics. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 1 July 2021 First, a magical belief in the redemptive powers of a charismatic leader and a new elite was shared by radicalizing nobles and New Right intellectuals. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 Obama occupies the brightest spot in Rhodes’s assessment of America’s vices and virtues, the redemptive figure who manages to recognize the nation’s flaws while still seeing its beauty and potential for good. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 But Truffaut relies on a more conventional psychological framework to fill in his characters’ personal and social dimensions—and in order to develop an idea of love that’s simultaneously perverse and redemptive. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of redemptive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Redemptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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