vindicatory

vindicatory

[vin-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
1.
tending or serving to vindicate.
2.
punitive; retributive: vindicatory killings.
Also, vindicative [vin-dik-uh-tiv, vin-di-key-] .


Origin:
1640–50; vindicate + -ory1

vindicatory, vindictive.
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vindicate (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
'vindicator
 
n
 
'vindicatory
 
adj

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