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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
In Pital, neighboring organic farmers felt vindicated.
But the results vindicated Jefferson’s revamped mindset.
Medicaid-expansion data from across the country vindicate the policy’s opponents.
For a moment, until it was nullified, the act vindicated amusement seeking as a condition of free personhood, transforming the human rights tradition inherited from the Age of Revolution that associated liberty with proprietorship.
This decision vindicates the approach of the EFL board in defending this challenge.
Maybe the Kevin Hogan meltdown in Houston (three interceptions) vindicates Kizer a bit.
The discovery could also vindicate a famous biologist: Charles Darwin.
Now new research appears to vindicate the rumors, suggesting that a massive hidden void is indeed tucked above one of the pyramid’s large passageways.
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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
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