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redemptive

[ri-demp-tiv]
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adjective
  1. serving to redeem.
  2. of, relating to, or centering on redemption or salvation: redemptive religions.
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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
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Word Origin and History for redemptive

adj.

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

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