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Meaning of VINDICATE

Pronunciation:  'vindu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  show to be right by providing justification or prove; "vindicate a claim"
  2. [v]  clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
  3. [v]  maintain uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens"

VINDICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: justify
 See Also: acquit, assoil, clear, defend, discharge, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, explain, legitimate, maintain, uphold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vin"di*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vindicated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Vindicating}.] [L. vindicatus, p. p. of
vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge. See {Vengeance}.]
1. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim. [R.]

         Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain? The
         birds of heaven shall vindicate their grain. --Pope.

2. To maintain or defend with success; to prove to be valid;
   to assert convincingly; to sustain against assault; as, to
   vindicate a right, claim, or title.

3. To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial,
   censure, or objections; to defend; to justify.

         When the respondent denies any proposition, the
         opponent must directly vindicate . . . that
         proposition.                          --I. Watts.

         Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But
         vindicate the ways of God to man.     --Pope.

4. To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.

5. To liberate; to set free; to deliver. [Obs.]

         I am confident he deserves much more That vindicates
         his country from a tyrant Than he that saves a
         citizen.                              --Massinger.

6. To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish
   infidelity. [Obs.] --Bacon.

         God is more powerful to exact subjection and to
         vindicate rebellion.                  --Bp. Pearson.

Syn: To assert; maintain; claim. See {Assert}.