serving to redeem.
of, relating to, or centering on redemption or salvation: redemptive religions.

Origin of redemptive

First recorded in 1640–50; redempt(ion) + -ive
Related formsre·demp·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·demp·tive, adjectiveun·re·demp·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for redemptive

1640s, from redempt (mid-15c.), adjective from Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere (see redemption) + -ive. Related: Redemptively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper