What does vindicate mean?

Definitions for vindicateˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vindicate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. justify, vindicate(verb)

    show to be right by providing justification or proof

    "vindicate a claim"

  2. vindicate(verb)

    maintain, uphold, or defend

    "vindicate the rights of the citizens"

  3. vindicate(verb)

    clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

    "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"


  1. vindicate(Verb)

    To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism.

    to vindicate someone's honor

  2. vindicate(Verb)

    To justify by providing evidence.

    to vindicate a right, claim or title

  3. vindicate(Verb)

    To maintain or defend a cause against opposition.

    to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries

  4. vindicate(Verb)

    To provide justification for.

    The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.

  5. vindicate(Verb)

    To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.

  6. vindicate(Verb)

    To liberate; to set free; to deliver.

  7. vindicate(Verb)

    To avenge; to punish

    A war to vindicate infidelity.

  8. Origin: From vindicatus, perfect passive participle of vindico, from vim, accusative singular of vis, + dico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vindicate(verb)

    to lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim

  2. Vindicate(verb)

    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

  3. Vindicate(verb)

    to support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify

  4. Vindicate(verb)

    to maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies

  5. Vindicate(verb)

    to liberate; to set free; to deliver

  6. Vindicate(verb)

    to avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vindicate

    vin′di-kāt, v.t. to lay claim to: to defend: to maintain by force.—n. Vindicabil′ity.—adj. Vin′dicable, that may be vindicated or defended.—n. Vindicā′tion, act of vindicating: defence: justification: support.—adj. Vin′dicātive, vindicating: tending to vindicate: (Shak.) revengeful, vindictive.—ns. Vin′dicātiveness, vindictiveness; Vin′dicātor, one who vindicates:—fem. Vin′dicātress.—adjs. Vin′dicātory, tending to vindicate: inflicting punishment; Vindic′tive, revengeful.—adv. Vindic′tively.—n. Vindic′tiveness. [L. vindicāre, -ātumvis, vim, power, dicāre, to proclaim, dicĕre, to say; others trace to the root of venia, favour.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vindicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vindicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Daleiden:

    We will pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.

  2. Max Stern:

    Jack Montague intends to sue Yale University to vindicate Jack Montague rights.

  3. Sean Spicer:

    He feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him.

  4. Immanuel Kant:

    Have patience awhile slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.

  5. Immanuel Kant:

    Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.

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Translations for vindicate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بررArabic
  • rechtfertigen, verteidigen, beanspruchen, geltend machenGerman
  • reclamar, vindicar, justificar, defender, reivindicarSpanish
  • puhdistaa, osoittaa, puolustaa, vaatia, oikea, perustellaFinnish
  • revendiquer, blanchir, justifier, défendre, réclamer, faire valoir, affirmerFrench
  • rivendicareItalian
  • verantwoorden, blaam zuiveren, rechtvaardigen, opeisen, doen gelden, vrijspreken, verdedigenDutch
  • vindicarPortuguese
  • оправдать, защищатьRussian
  • rättfärdiga, rentvåSwedish

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