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(v n d -k t ) tr.v. vindicated, vindicating, vindicates 1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof: "Our society permits people to sue for libel so that they may vindicate their reputations" (Irving R. Kaufman). 2. To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim. 3. To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments. 4. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example). 5. To exact revenge for; avenge. [Latin v i n d i cr e ,v i n d i ct , from v i n d e x ,v i n d i c , surety, avenger; see d e i k -in Indo-European roots.] vin dica tor n.
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vindicate [vndket]
vb (tr) 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. (Law) (Historical Terms) 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 [from Latin vindicre, from vindex claimant] vindicator n vindicatory adj
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vindicate (vn dket)

v.t. -cated, -cating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion: to vindicate someone's honor. 2. to afford justification for; justify. 3. to uphold or justify by argument or evidence.



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to uphold or justify by argument or evidence. to maintain or defend against opposition. to claim for oneself or another. Obs. to avenge. Obs. to free. Obs. to punish.

vindicate - definition of vindicate by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

[152535; < Latin vindictus, past participle of vindicre to lay claim to, to claim as free, v. derivative of vindex claimant, protector] vindica`tor, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Verb 1. vindicate - show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim" justify excuse, explain - serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again" uphold, maintain - support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" legitimate - show or affirm to be just and legitimate 2. vindicate - maintain, uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens" defend, maintain - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"

3. vindicate - clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel" acquit, assoil, exculpate, exonerate, discharge, clear - pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
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verb 1. clear, acquit, exonerate, absolve, let off the hook, exculpate, free from blame The director said he had been vindicated by the expert's report. clear accuse, blame, condemn, convict, incriminate, punish, reproach 2. support, uphold, ratify, defend, excuse, justify, substantiate Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

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