- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-vindicating
But it was the Obama administration itself that opened wide the gates for this self-vindicating return.Cheney Wins
August 30, 2009
- 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
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.