Definition of vindicate in English:

vindicate

Line breaks: vin¦di|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪndɪkeɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion: hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict
More example sentences
  • The purpose of a libel action is to enable the Plaintiff to clear his name of the libel, to vindicate his character.
  • But rather than vindicating the staff I think this is more damning.
  • Representing himself, his argument will be that he has a right to vindicate his person and what he describes as his ‘good name’.
Synonyms
acquit, clear, absolve, free from blame, declare innocent, exonerate, exculpate, discharge, liberate, free, deliver, redeem
informal let off, let off the hook
1.1Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified: more sober views were vindicated by events
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  • The events of yesterday vindicated those who supported the idea of a road to bypass the Bingley bottleneck.
  • Our concerns were finally vindicated when an anonymous whistle-blower called in the National Audit Office.
  • I really think Wanderers have done themselves proud this season and results vindicate Sam's attitude.
Synonyms
justify, warrant, substantiate, establish, demonstrate, ratify, authenticate, verify, confirm, corroborate, prove, defend, offer grounds for, support, back, evidence, bear out, bear witness to, endorse, give credence to, lend weight to
rare extenuate

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'deliver, rescue'): from Latin vindicat- 'claimed, avenged', from the verb vindicare, from vindex, vindic- 'claimant, avenger'.

Derivatives

vindicable

Pronunciation: /-kəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • By ‘judicially vindicable rights,’ I assume Matt means individual rights, for otherwise states could claim they had rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
  • So far the doctrine of equal rights, is vindicable.
  • The right to be sued only in a particular forum, as compared to the right to avoid suit altogether, although not perfectly secured by an appeal after final judgment, is sufficiently vindicable at that stage and is not essentially destroyed if vindication is postponed until trial is completed.

vindication

Pronunciation: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • Hopefully, vindication is just around the corner for the quartet, as each member has been chipping away at the local circuit for a while now.
  • It would be hard to think of another class of criminal less likely to inspire sympathy or support in their quest for vindication.
  • The victorious homecoming last week was as much a vindication of their belief in us as it was a celebration of our reclamation of the cup.

vindicator

noun
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  • She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
  • She turned her head to the side, watching the vindicator from the corner of her right eye.
  • The Book of Isaiah proclaims God as the bearer of justice, the vindicator.

vindicatory

adjective
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  • And this model could comprise a useful vindicatory framework for that.
  • There are vindicatory stories available to scientists, which they draw on in times of need.
  • Now that the Privy Council has confirmed the right of vindicatory damages, there will likely be many more.

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