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vin·di·cate

 (vĭn′dĭ-kāt′)
tr.v. vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing, vin·di·cates
1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof: "Our society permits people to sue for libel so that they may vindicate their reputations" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
3. To demonstrate or prove the value or validity of; justify: The results of the experiment vindicated her optimism.
4. Obsolete To exact revenge for; avenge.

[Latin vindicāre, vindicāt-, from vindex, vindic-, surety, avenger; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

vin′di·ca′tor n.

vindicate

(ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt)
vb (tr)
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. (Law) Roman law to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
5. (Historical Terms) Roman law to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
6. rare to claim, as for oneself or another
7. obsolete to take revenge on or for; punish
8. obsolete to set free
[C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant]
ˈvindiˌcator n
ˈvindiˌcatory adj

vin•di•cate

(ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt)

v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
1. to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion: to vindicate someone's honor.
2. to afford justification for; justify.
3. to uphold or justify by argument or evidence.
4. to maintain or defend against opposition.
5. to claim for oneself or another.
6. Obs. to avenge.
7. Obs. to free.
8. Obs. to punish.
[1525–35; < Latin vindicātus, past participle of vindicāre to lay claim to, to claim as free, v. derivative of vindex claimant, protector]
vin′di•ca`tor, n.

vindicate


Past participle: vindicated
Gerund: vindicating

Imperative
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Present
I vindicate
you vindicate
he/she/it vindicates
we vindicate
you vindicate
they vindicate
Preterite
I vindicated
you vindicated
he/she/it vindicated
we vindicated
you vindicated
they vindicated
Present Continuous
I am vindicating
you are vindicating
he/she/it is vindicating
we are vindicating
you are vindicating
they are vindicating
Present Perfect
I have vindicated
you have vindicated
he/she/it has vindicated
we have vindicated
you have vindicated
they have vindicated
Past Continuous
I was vindicating
you were vindicating
he/she/it was vindicating
we were vindicating
you were vindicating
they were vindicating
Past Perfect
I had vindicated
you had vindicated
he/she/it had vindicated
we had vindicated
you had vindicated
they had vindicated
Future
I will vindicate
you will vindicate
he/she/it will vindicate
we will vindicate
you will vindicate
they will vindicate
Future Perfect
I will have vindicated
you will have vindicated
he/she/it will have vindicated
we will have vindicated
you will have vindicated
they will have vindicated
Future Continuous
I will be vindicating
you will be vindicating
he/she/it will be vindicating
we will be vindicating
you will be vindicating
they will be vindicating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vindicating
you have been vindicating
he/she/it has been vindicating
we have been vindicating
you have been vindicating
they have been vindicating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vindicating
you will have been vindicating
he/she/it will have been vindicating
we will have been vindicating
you will have been vindicating
they will have been vindicating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vindicating
you had been vindicating
he/she/it had been vindicating
we had been vindicating
you had been vindicating
they had been vindicating
Conditional
I would vindicate
you would vindicate
he/she/it would vindicate
we would vindicate
you would vindicate
they would vindicate
Past Conditional
I would have vindicated
you would have vindicated
he/she/it would have vindicated
we would have vindicated
you would have vindicated
they would have vindicated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.vindicate - show to be right by providing justification or proofvindicate - show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim"
excuse, explain - serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
uphold, maintain - support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
legitimate - show or affirm to be just and legitimate
2.vindicate - maintain, uphold, or defendvindicate - maintain, uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens"
defend, maintain - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
3.vindicate - clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proofvindicate - clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
acquit, assoil, exculpate, exonerate, discharge, clear - pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

vindicate

verb
1. clear, acquit, exonerate, absolve, let off the hook, exculpate, free from blame The director said he had been vindicated by the expert's report.
clear accuse, blame, condemn, convict, incriminate, punish, reproach
2. support, uphold, ratify, defend, excuse, justify, substantiate Subsequent events vindicated his policy.

vindicate

verb
1. To free from a charge or imputation of guilt:
Law: acquit, purge.
2. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism:
3. To show to be just, right, or valid:
4. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example):
5. To exact revenge for or from:
Informal: fix.
Archaic: wreak.
Idioms: even the score, get back at, get even with, pay back in kind, settle accounts, take an eye for an eye.
Translations
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vindicate

[ˈvɪndɪkeɪt] VT [+ decision, action] → justificar; [+ claim, right] → reivindicar, hacer valer
I feel totally vindicated by this decisionme siento totalmente resarcido por esta decisión, siento que con esta decisión se me hace justicia
to vindicate o.sjustificarse

vindicate

[ˈvɪndɪkeɪt] vt [+ person, decision, action] → donner raison à
to be vindicated
The director said he had been vindicated by the experts' report → Le directeur a déclaré que le rapport des experts lui avait donné raison.
Ministers are confident their decision will be vindicated
BUT Les ministres ne doutent pas qu'on légitimera leur décision.

vindicate

vt
opinion, action, decisionrechtfertigen
(= exonerate)rehabilitieren

vindicate

[ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt] vt (assertion, claim) → provare la fondatezza di, confermare
he was finally vindicated → fu alla fine provato che aveva ragione
References in classic literature ?
It were impossible to say what violent assertion the stubborn Hawkeye would have next made, in his headlong wish to vindicate his identity, had not the aged Delaware once more interposed.
When a lady, in a delicate and costly summer garb, with a floating veil and gracefully swaying gown, and, altogether, an ethereal lightness that made you look at her beautifully slippered feet, to see whether she trod on the dust or floated in the air,--when such a vision happened to pass through this retired street, leaving it tenderly and delusively fragrant with her passage, as if a bouquet of tea-roses had been borne along, --then again, it is to be feared, old Hepzibah's scowl could no longer vindicate itself entirely on the plea of near-sightedness.
Then why -- since the choice was with himself -- should the individual, whose connexion with the fallen woman had been the most intimate and sacred of them all, come forward to vindicate his claim to an inheritance so little desirable?
Does he ever venture to vindicate his conduct, when censured for it?
The wanton wind had been so busily kissing them all the morning that they were quite dry, so I was able to find room for them in my knapsack without danger to the other contents; and, with a hasty good-day to their recent possessor, I set off at full speed to find a secure nook where I could throw myself down on the grass, and let loose the absurd laughter that was dangerously bottled up within me; but even before I do that it behoves me if possible to vindicate my sanity to the reader.
I am anxious to vindicate myself from such a charge; for although I might trust to your friendship for an apology in your eyes, yet I would not willingly stand conviction in those of the public of so grave a crime, as my fears lead me to anticipate my being charged with.
I am here obliged to vindicate the reputation of an excellent lady, who was an innocent sufferer upon my account.
To make an end, senor, these are my last words to thee: whether thou wilt, or wilt not, I am thy wife; witness thy words, which must not and ought not to be false, if thou dost pride thyself on that for want of which thou scornest me; witness the pledge which thou didst give me, and witness Heaven, which thou thyself didst call to witness the promise thou hadst made me; and if all this fail, thy own conscience will not fail to lift up its silent voice in the midst of all thy gaiety, and vindicate the truth of what I say and mar thy highest pleasure and enjoyment.
So far as might concern the misbehavior of the Executive in perverting the instructions or contravening the views of the Senate, we need not be apprehensive of the want of a disposition in that body to punish the abuse of their confidence or to vindicate their own authority.
But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the invader's step pollute our soil, still may the Gray Champion come, for he is the type of New England's hereditary spirit; and his shadowy march, on the eve of danger, must ever be the pledge, that New England's sons will vindicate their ancestry.
Or," says Sir Leicester somewhat sternly, for Volumnia was going to cut in before he had rounded his sentence, "or who vindicate their outraged majesty.
The worth of the thing signified must vindicate our taste for the emblem.