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[vin-di-keyt] /ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), vindicated, vindicating.
to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:
to vindicate someone's honor.
to afford justification for; justify:
Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
to uphold or justify by argument or evidence:
to vindicate a claim.
to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
to claim for oneself or another.
Roman and Civil Law. to regain possession, under claim of title of property through legal procedure, or to assert one's right to possession.
to get revenge for; avenge.
Obsolete. to deliver from; liberate.
Obsolete. to punish.
Origin of vindicate
1525-35; < Latin vindicātus (past participle of vindicāre to lay legal claim to (property), to free (someone) from servitude (by claiming him as free), to protect, avenge, punish), equivalent to vindic- (stem of vindex claimant, protector, avenger) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
vindicator, noun
revindicate, verb (used with object), revindicated, revindicating.
self-vindicated, adjective
self-vindicating, adjective
unvindicated, adjective
1. exonerate. 3, 4. support. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vindicated
  • The villagers were vindicated, even hailed as heroes.
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  • In fact, if you consider the aggressive tone of some of the contributions, the article is vindicated.
  • By their lights, they've been vindicated: his performance is almost universally panned within the party.
  • Should that happen, his protracted creative process will be vindicated, and the doctor will always be remembered.
  • In the past thirty years, the legend has been vindicated by history.
  • She said that the suit was pending, and that she would be vindicated.
  • With outbreaks, though, such intuitions are vindicated in case after case.
  • In many other instances, on the other hand, their criticisms have been amply vindicated.
  • The intuition of baseball aficionados has been vindicated.
British Dictionary definitions for vindicated


verb (transitive)
to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
to provide justification for: his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc): to vindicate a claim
(Roman law) to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
(rare) to claim, as for oneself or another
(obsolete) to take revenge on or for; punish
(obsolete) to set free
Derived Forms
vindicator, noun
vindicatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant
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Word Origin and History for vindicated



1620s, "to avenge or revenge," from Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning "to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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