Definition of vindicate
vindicatorplay \ˈvin-di-ˌkā-tər\ noun
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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
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).
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.
This spurred some in the community to say the students were vindicated and Hogan had exaggerated.
Bachelor in Paradise contestant DeMario Jackson’s lawyer has issued a statement to People that there’s video evidence that will vindicate his client.
Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.
To say that President Trump was vindicated by Comey's testimony is such a stretch that Ivanka Trump wouldn't say it in her own words.
Well, my father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he's been making and feels incredibly optimistic.
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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
Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare to lay claim to, avenge, from vindic-, vindex claimant, avenger
First Known Use: circa 1571See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of vindicate
maintain, assert, defend, vindicate, justify mean to uphold as true, right, just, or reasonable. maintain stresses firmness of conviction. steadfastly maintained his innocence assert suggests determination to make others accept one's claim. asserted her rights defend implies maintaining in the face of attack or criticism. defended his voting record vindicate implies successfully defending. his success vindicated our faith in him justify implies showing to be true, just, or valid by appeal to a standard or to precedent. 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
1 : to free from blame or guilt The evidence will vindicate her.
2 : to show to be true or correct Later discoveries vindicated their claim.
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