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Examples of vindicate in a Sentence
She will be completely vindicated by the evidence.
These discoveries vindicate their theory.
Their approach to the problem has been vindicated by the positive results.
He felt vindicated when the truth became known.
Recent Examples of vindicate from the Web
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Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the result vindicated a three-year turnaround strategy and vowed to maintain the momentum by finding another A$400 million ($315.92 million) in savings each year.
Jonathon Bullard looks like he is set to vindicate himself from his rookie season.
Unfortunately, the additional context did little to vindicate the Infowars host.
That vindicates what has always been the real charge: not that the Russians swayed the election, a claim that is impossible to verify, but that Mr Trump’s team overstepped the bounds of propriety, and maybe the law (see article).
Michael Usry Jr. finally feels vindicated and remains focused on finishing his documentary.
Those of us who have long equated the Left with opposition to Western civilization are vindicated.
That’s a very profitable line of business, and if Mark Penn pursues it, his most adamant progressive critics will be entirely vindicated.
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Did You Know?
It's not surprising that the two earliest senses of "vindicate," which has been used in English since at least the mid-16th century, are "to set free" (a sense that is now obsolete) and "to avenge." Vindicate derives from Latin vindicatus, the past participle of the verb vindicare, meaning "to set free, avenge, or lay claim to." "Vindicare," in turn, derives from "vindex," a noun meaning "claimant" or "avenger." Other descendants of "vindicare" in English include such vengeful words as "avenge" itself, "revenge," "vengeance," "vendetta," and "vindictive." Closer cousins of "vindicate" are "vindicable" ("capable of being vindicated") and the archaic word vindicative ("punitive").
Origin and Etymology of vindicate
First Known Use: circa 1571See Words from the same year
Synonymsabsolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, exculpate
Related Wordsatone (for), expiate; discharge, liberate, redeem, release, unburden; condone, excuse, whitewash; forgive, pardon, remit; avenge, redress, revenge
Near Antonymsaccuse, arraign, charge, impeach, indict; convict
Synonym Discussion of vindicate
- exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm
- cannot be absolved of blame
- exonerated by the investigation
- voted to acquit the defendant
- her judgment was vindicated
- steadfastly maintained his innocence
- asserted her rights
- defended his voting record
- his success vindicated our faith in him
- the action was used to justify military intervention
VINDICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vindicate for English Language Learners
: 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
VINDICATE Defined for Kids
Definition of vindicate for Students
- The evidence will vindicate her.
- Later discoveries vindicated their claim.
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