[ vin-di-keyt ]
/ ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt /
verb (used with object), vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing.
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
vin·di·ca·tor, nounre·vin·di·cate, verb (used with object), re·vin·di·cat·ed, re·vin·di·cat·ing.self-vin·di·cat·ed, adjectiveself-vin·di·cat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for revindicate
But, hap what hap may, there are three means by which you will be able to revindicate your just heritage—right, money or force.The Casque's Lark|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for revindicate
/ (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt) /
to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
to provide justification forhis 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 Formsvindicator, nounvindicatory, adjective
Word Origin for vindicate
C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant
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