AskDefine | Define vindicate

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

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From Latin vindicare < vis + dicere.


  1. To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism.
    to vindicate someone's honor
  2. To justify by providing evidence.
    to vindicate a right, claim or title
  3. To maintain or defend a cause against opposition.
    to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries
  4. To provide justification for.
    The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.
  5. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
  6. To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
  7. To avenge; to punish
    A war to vindicate infidelity.


to clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism
  • Finnish: puhdistaa
to justify by providing evidence
  • Finnish: perustella
to maintain or defend a cause against opposition
  • Finnish: puolustaa
to provide justification
  • Finnish: osoittaa oikea
to claim
  • Finnish: vaatia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolve, account for, acquit, advocate, amnesty, argue, assert, bear out, claim, clear, confute, contend, cry sour grapes, decontaminate, defend, destigmatize, discharge, dismiss, dispense from, disprove, do justice to, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, explain, forgive, free, give absolution, grant amnesty to, grant immunity, grant remission, guard, justify, let go, let off, nonpros, pardon, plead for, protect, prove, purge, quash the charge, rationalize, redress, refute, rehabilitate, reinstate, release, remit, restore, revenge, second, set free, shield, shrive, spiteful, support, uphold, warrant, whitewash, withdraw the charge
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