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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
Although there are conflicting reports on this, saturated fats haven't been vindicated in terms of health.
The party’s decent result, in the face of harsh criticism in most newspapers, vindicated the strategy.
Because my gift has taken me places that my past wouldn’t vindicate me for.
Goldberger was finally publicly vindicated in 1927.
The pool of candidates vindicated the board's decision to stick to the Ohio Revised Code when crafting the job posting, Unger said.
Diedrich’s smell test was vindicated by the Medicare ratings that rank Bishop Spencer as one of the top nursing homes in Kansas City.
The indictments neither vindicated or incriminated Trump.
That does not exactly vindicate America’s profligacy.
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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
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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