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redeeming feature

Some positive, favorable, or beneficial trait or aspect of someone or something that offsets or makes up for other negative traits. The one redeeming feature of my long commute to work is that I get the chance to read plenty of books. He has a lot of faults, but his loyalty is his most redeeming feature. This movie is a total failure on every level, with no redeeming features to speak of.
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redeeming feature

A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn't very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of "compensate."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a redeeming ˈfeature

something good or positive about somebody/something that is otherwise bad: Her one redeeming feature is her generosity.The only redeeming feature of the hotel was the swimming pool. Apart from that, it was the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
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Their only redeeming feature lay in the development of the head above and back of the ears.
When the fact dawned on him it nearly broke his heart, but now it seemed the redeeming feature of the case.
But I have found in him one great redeeming feature. Do you see this little bump on his forehead?
And there was only one redeeming feature connected with that pitiful piece of history; and that was, that secretly the "poor white" did de- test the slave-lord, and did feel his own shame.
Treasury's $32 B 7-year auction was very poorly subscribed, with no real redeeming features. The note stopped at 1.489%, tailing way out versus the 1.468% at the deadline.
The Montrose game had some redeeming features - a win which took us up to fourth place, a smashing goal from the pacey Callum Smith, defensive solidity after Montrose threatened a comeback and a clean sheet for the first time in a competitive match.
The Act has some redeeming features. It has annulled the powerful GB council and instead empowered the GB legislative assembly; all powers exercised by the GB council, including passing legislation regarding mineral, hydropower and tourism sectors, have been shifted to the GB Assembly.
The key functionalities have been designed based on research and includes: booking, check-in/check-out, account management and rewards redeeming features.
"An act of sexual abuse that involves long careful preparation to the point you have ended up in total control of another person, that crime has no redeeming features whatsoever.
As the whole story takes shape in my mind, the characters will become real and I'll inevitably fall in love with at least one of the blokes, usually the one with a square jawline, arrogant swagger and few redeeming features. Please don't judge me.
"The proposed works will not [be] detrimental to the character of the building and will not affect any of the existing structure or any existing redeeming features.
Their only redeeming features have been the relatively wide range of things they sell, free parking, and in some branches (like my local - Cardigan), the staff.
The only redeeming features of the whole ghastly affair were Denis Thatcher busy making sure everyone's glasses were topped up and watching Mrs Thatcher's favourite programmes of The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special and Yes Minister.
Thankfully the story has its redeeming features. One is the Pandoras.