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vindicatory

[vin-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈvɪn dɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to vindicate.
2.
punitive; retributive:
vindicatory killings.
Also, vindicative
[vin-dik-uh-tiv, vin-di-key-] /vɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv, ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪ-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; vindicate + -ory1
Can be confused
vindicatory, vindictive.
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Word Origin and History for vindicative
adj.

1520s, from Old French vindicatif or directly from Medieval Latin vindicativus, from past participle stem of vindicare (see vindicate).

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