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Borrowed from Latin vindicātus, perfect passive participle of vindicō (“lay legal claim to something; set free; protect, avenge, punish”), from vim, accusative singular of vīs (“force, power”), + dīcō (“say; declare, state”). See avenge.
- (transitive) To clear of an accusation, suspicion or criticism.
- to vindicate someone's honor
- (transitive) To justify by providing evidence.
- to vindicate a right, claim or title
- 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
- The Ukrainians immediately demanded a goal and their claims were vindicated as replays showed the ball crossed the line before Terry's intervention.
- Also see: United National Congress, Trinidad and Tobago
- Kamla Persad Bissessar: " We have been vindicated, but it is a victory for the people"
- (transitive) To maintain or defend (a cause) against opposition.
- 2019, Eli Valley, “A Springtime of Erasure”, in Jewish Currents, number Fall 2019, page 14:
- When Trump's election pulled back the curtain on the rise of the far-right in America, I'd naively assumed the Jewish left would be vindicated.
- to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries
- (transitive) To provide justification for.
- The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.
- (transitive) To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
- (transitive, obsolete) To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
- (transitive, obsolete) To avenge; to punish
- a war to vindicate infidelity
to clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism
to justify by providing evidence
to maintain or defend a cause against opposition
to provide justification