vindicatory

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

adjective

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

vindicatory vindictive
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