vindicatory

[ vin-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈvɪn dɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

tending or serving to vindicate.
punitive; retributive: vindicatory killings.

Nearby words

  1. vindhya range,
  2. vindicable,
  3. vindicate,
  4. vindication,
  5. vindicative,
  6. vindictive,
  7. vindictively,
  8. vindictiveness,
  9. vine,
  10. vine cactus

Also vin·dic·a·tive [vin-dik-uh-tiv, vin-di-key-] /vɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv, ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪ-/.

Origin of vindicatory

First recorded in 1640–50; vindicate + -ory1

Can be confusedvindicatory vindictive

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Word Origin and History for vindicative

vindicative

adj.

1520s, from Old French vindicatif or directly from Medieval Latin vindicativus, from past participle stem of vindicare (see vindicate).

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