A redeeming feature 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 ive ever stayed in. A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks as in the house isnt very attractive but the garden is the redeeming featurethis idiom first recorded in 1827 uses redeem in the sense of compensate. Redeeming features is about much more than documenting a life among the celebrated and the eccentric it is a vivid at times humorous and moving portrait of a way of life that has all but disappeared haslam has an exacting eye for the telling detail and his story is a compelling and wholly fascinating document of our times. Redeeming features are almost always mentioned in contrast with unattractive or less attractive features thus redeeming features may even include things that might otherwise be thought of as negative or inferior but which in their context are relatively positive
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