from The Century Dictionary.

  • Saving; making amends; noting what is good as exceptional to what is generally bad: as, there is not a single redeeming feature in the scheme.

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  • verb Present participle of redeem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective compensating for some fault or defect
  • adjective bringing about salvation or redemption from sin


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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


    Date: 1631

    : serving to offset or compensate for a defect (her performance is the film's redeeming feature)

    February 24, 2008

  • My adjectival use: 'He is a nuisance but his redeeming feature is that he makes us laugh.'

    August 24, 2011