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vindicate (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt Pronunciation for vindicate


verb (transitive)

  1. to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
  2. to provide justification for   ⇒ his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
  3. to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc)   ⇒ to vindicate a claim
  4. (Roman law) to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
  5. (rare) to claim, as for oneself or another
  6. (obsolete) to take revenge on or for; punish
  7. (obsolete) to set free

Derived Forms

ˈvindiˌcator noun
ˈvindiˌcatory adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant

Translations for 'vindicate'

  • British English: vindicate If a person or their decisions, actions, or ideas are vindicated, they are proved to be correct, after people have said that they were wrong. VERBThe director said he had been vindicated by the experts' report.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: justificar
  • Chinese: 证明是正确的证證明是正确確的
  • European Spanish: vindicar
  • French: donner raison àN
  • German: rechtfertigen
  • Italian: dare ragione a
  • Japanese: 正しさを証明する
  • Korean: 정당함이 입증되다
  • Portuguese: justificar
  • Spanish: vindicar

Example Sentences Including 'vindicate'

Atal Bihari Vajpayee went on a "fast unto death", only to end it when a court ruling seemed to vindicate his party.
India Today (1998)
Gregory, as if to vindicate his master, rolled on to his back and began to wave all four legs in the air.
Tapply, William G The Dutch Blue Error
Now, he said, he can't wait to vindicate his reputation in Australia: "Missing out last year was very hard.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Otherwise matric results will continue to vindicate the incorrect perception that white people are more intelligent than blacks.
SA Star (2005)
The book highlights another important point that may vindicate Lynch in the eyes of those who would label her an opportunist.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
There is, however, some reason to doubt that such an experiment would vindicate Kleinman's rosy view of psychotherapy.
Dylan Evans PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)


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