redeeming

[ ri-dee-ming ]
/ rɪˈdi mɪŋ /

adjective

offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like: a redeeming quality.

Origin of redeeming

First recorded in 1745–55; redeem + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM redeeming

un·re·deem·ing, adjective

Definition for redeeming (2 of 2)

redeem
[ ri-deem ]
/ rɪˈdim /

verb (used with object)

Origin of redeem

1375–1425; late Middle English redemen < Middle French redimer < Latin redimere, equivalent to red- red- + -imere, combining form of emere to purchase (cf. emptor, ransom)

SYNONYMS FOR redeem

1–3 repurchase. Redeem, ransom both mean to buy back. Redeem is wider in its application than ransom, and means to buy back, regain possession of, or exchange for money, goods, etc.: to redeem one's property. To ransom is to redeem a person from captivity by paying a stipulated price, or to redeem from sin by sacrifice: to ransom a kidnapped child.
8, 9 free, liberate, rescue, save.

OTHER WORDS FROM redeem

pre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for redeeming (1 of 2)

redeeming
/ (rɪˈdiːmɪŋ) /

adjective

serving to compensate for faults or deficiencies in quality, etcone redeeming feature

British Dictionary definitions for redeeming (2 of 2)

redeem
/ (rɪˈdiːm) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of redeem

redeemer, noun

Word Origin for redeem

C15: from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy
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