vindicate (vindicates, present participle vindicating; past and past participle vindicated)

  1. (transitive) To clear of an accusation, suspicion or criticism.
    to vindicate someone's honor
  2. (transitive) To justify by providing evidence.
    to vindicate a right, claim or title
    Kamla Persad Bissessar: " We have been vindicated, but it is a victory for the people"
  3. (transitive) To maintain or defend (a cause) against opposition.
    to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries
  4. (transitive) To provide justification for.
    The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.
  5. (transitive) To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To avenge; to punish
    a war to vindicate infidelity
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