vindicate


vin·di·cate

verb \ˈvin-də-ˌkāt\

: to show that (someone) should not be blamed for a crime, mistake, etc. : to show that (someone) is not guilty

: to show that (someone or something that has been criticized or doubted) is correct, true, or reasonable

vin·di·cat·edvin·di·cat·ing

Full Definition of VINDICATE

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  to set free :  deliver
2
:  avenge
3
a :  to free from allegation or blame
b (1) :  confirm, substantiate
(2) :  to provide justification or defense for :  justify
c :  to protect from attack or encroachment :  defend
4
:  to maintain a right to
vin·di·ca·tor \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of VINDICATE

  1. She will be completely vindicated by the evidence.
  2. These discoveries vindicate their theory.
  3. Their approach to the problem has been vindicated by the positive results.
  4. He felt vindicated when the truth became known.

Origin of VINDICATE

Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare to lay claim to, avenge, from vindic-, vindex claimant, avenger
First Known Use: circa 1571

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