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[vin-di-keyt] /ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), vindicated, vindicating.
to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:
to vindicate someone's honor.
to afford justification for; justify:
Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
to uphold or justify by argument or evidence:
to vindicate a claim.
to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
to claim for oneself or another.
Roman and Civil Law. to regain possession, under claim of title of property through legal procedure, or to assert one's right to possession.
to get revenge for; avenge.
Obsolete. to deliver from; liberate.
Obsolete. to punish.
Origin of vindicate
1525-35; < Latin vindicātus (past participle of vindicāre to lay legal claim to (property), to free (someone) from servitude (by claiming him as free), to protect, avenge, punish), equivalent to vindic- (stem of vindex claimant, protector, avenger) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
vindicator, noun
revindicate, verb (used with object), revindicated, revindicating.
self-vindicated, adjective
self-vindicating, adjective
unvindicated, adjective
1. exonerate. 3, 4. support. Unabridged
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  • I come,' will I say, 'to vindicate the fair fame of one who once owned your affection.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It was not enough to vindicate the innocent; the guilty must be exposed and punished.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • We only wish at present to vindicate from the charge of impropriety one of the chief features of the Italian villa.

  • It will be our task to vindicate our own view against these erroneous ideas.

  • At all times he was ready to guard and vindicate the religious character of his alma mater.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for vindicate


verb (transitive)
to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
to provide justification for: his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc): to vindicate a claim
(Roman law) to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
(rare) to claim, as for oneself or another
(obsolete) to take revenge on or for; punish
(obsolete) to set free
Derived Forms
vindicator, noun
vindicatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vindicate

1620s, "to avenge or revenge," from Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning "to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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