verb (used with object), vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing.

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 formsvin·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, adjectiveun·vin·di·cat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for vindicate

1. exonerate. 3, 4. support. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-vindicating

Contemporary Examples of self-vindicating

  • But it was the Obama administration itself that opened wide the gates for this self-vindicating return.

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    Cheney Wins

    James Carroll

    August 30, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for self-vindicating


verb (tr)

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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Word Origin and History for self-vindicating



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.

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