Definition of vindicate in English:


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


[with object]



Pronunciation: /-kəb(ə)l/
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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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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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.


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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.


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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.


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

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