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vindicatory

[vin-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. tending or serving to vindicate.
  2. punitive; retributive: vindicatory killings.
Also vin·dic·a·tive [vin-dik-uh-tiv, vin-di-key-] /vɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv, ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪ-/.

Origin of vindicatory

First recorded in 1640–50; vindicate + -ory1
Can be confusedvindicatory vindictive
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Historical Examples

  • This vindicatory letter was not transmitted by Byron to Mrs. Hoppner.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2)

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • Of all the parts of a law the most effectual is the vindicatory.

  • On coming to Shelleys hands at Ravenna, Mrs. Shelleys vindicatory letter was as much his property as any ring on his finger.

  • It was a general review of the condition of the kingdom, with a vindicatory sketch of the policy pursued by the government.