- 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 vindicate
The present needs to vindicate the president, whoever he or she may be.Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
October 14, 2014
Failing to vindicate a loss or injury is a sign of faulty moral character.Our Right to Revenge After the Boston Attacks
May 6, 2013
Some top White House aide is dispatched to tell us pooh-poohers that events ultimate will vindicate the president.
History, the White House always says, will vindicate the president.
He insists the documents will vindicate him by showing that the CIA program was vital and produced important information.What's Missing from the CIA Docs
August 25, 2009
But we are disposed to vindicate the propriety of the step he took.
I was not solicitous to vindicate him when I was not joined in their reflection.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
If he should appear in mine, I know how to chastise him, and to vindicate my own honour.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The Government must vindicate the law, no matter at what cost.The Hunted Outlaw
The worth of the thing signified must vindicate our taste for the emblem.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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 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.