Definitions for vindicateˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vin•di•cateˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt(v.t.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion:
to vindicate someone's honor.
to afford justification for; justify.
to uphold or justify by argument or evidence.
to maintain or defend against opposition.
to claim for oneself or another.
Obs. to free.
Obs. to punish.
Origin of vindicate:
1525–35; < L vindicātus, ptp. of vindicāre to lay claim to, to claim as free, v. der. of vindex claimant, protector
show to be right by providing justification or proof
"vindicate a claim"
maintain, uphold, or defend
"vindicate the rights of the citizens"
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
"You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism.
to vindicate someone's honor
To justify by providing evidence.
to vindicate a right, claim or title
To maintain or defend a cause against opposition.
to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries
To provide justification for.
The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.
To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
To avenge; to punish
A war to vindicate infidelity.
Origin: From vindicatus, perfect passive participle of vindico, from vim, accusative singular of vis, + dico.
to lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim
to maintain or defend with success; to prove to be valid; to assert convincingly; to sustain against assault; as, to vindicate a right, claim, or title
to support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify
to maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies
to liberate; to set free; to deliver
to avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity