- 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 vindicator
The late-life Vidal presented himself as a national conscience, a vindicator of small r-republican ideals against imperial excess.Gore Vidal, 1925-2012
August 1, 2012
The Youngstown Vindicator named 2011 the “Year of the Earthquakes” in Mahoning County.Youngstown Rocks: Is Fracking Causing Earthquakes in Ohio?
January 3, 2012
He is a novelist as well as the historian and vindicator of his country.
And yet the vindicator of Floyd intends, we are told, to vindicate himself!
She drive his benefactor, her grandsire's vindicator, from his own hearth!What Will He Do With It, Complete
If so, all women should honour Vashti as the vindicator of their dues.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
A discoverer and colonist; a vindicator of some part at least of America from Spanish claims?Sir Walter Raleigh and his Time
- 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 vindicator
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.