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.

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

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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vindicate (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt)
1.  to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
2.  to provide justification for: his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
3.  to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc): to vindicate a claim
4.  Roman law to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
5.  rare to claim, as for oneself or another
6.  obsolete to take revenge on or for; punish
7.  obsolete to set free
[C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant]

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Word Origin & History

1620s, "to avenge or revenge," from L. vindicatus, pp. of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning "to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.
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Example sentences
The villagers were vindicated, even hailed as heroes.
Scholars heaped praise on a book, ignoring critics who have been vindicated on
  many points.
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.
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