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vindicate

[ vin-di-keyt ]
/ ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing.

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Origin of vindicate

First recorded in 1525–35; from 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
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British Dictionary definitions for vindicate

vindicate
/ (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

vindicator, nounvindicatory, adjective
C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant
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