vindicate

  • 1 Vindicate — 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.] [1913 Webster] Is thine… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 vindicate — I verb absolve, account for, acquit, clear, declare innocent, discharge, dismiss, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, give good reasons for, justify, pardon, probare, pronounce not guilty, purgare, release, relieve of burden, reprieve, set free II… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 vindicate — (v.) 1620s, to avenge or revenge, from L. vindicatus, pp. of vindicare (see VINDICATION (Cf. vindication)). Meaning to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 vindicate — 1 justify, defend, *maintain, assert Analogous words: *support, uphold, advocate 2 exonerate, *exculpate, absolve, acquit Analogous words: *disprove, refute, confute: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 vindicate — [v] prove one’s innocence absolve, acquit, advocate, argue, assert, bear out, claim, clear, confute, contend, corroborate, defend, disculpate, disprove, do justice to, establish, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, extenuate, free, free from blame,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 vindicate — ► VERB 1) clear of blame or suspicion. 2) show to be right or justified. DERIVATIVES vindication noun. ORIGIN Latin vindicare claim, avenge …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 vindicate — [vin′də kāt΄] vt. vindicated, vindicating [< L vindicatus, pp. of vindicare, to claim, avenge < ? vim, force (see VIM) + dicere, to say: see DICTION] 1. to clear from criticism, blame, guilt, suspicion, etc.; uphold by evidence or argument… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 vindicate — vindicator, n. /vin di kayt /, v.t., vindicated, vindicating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone s honor. 2. to afford justification for; justify: Subsequent events vindicated his policy.… …

    Universalium

  • 9 vindicate — verb a) To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism. to vindicate someones honor b) To justify by providing evidence. to vindicate a right, claim or title See Also: vindication …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 vindicate — v. (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? * * * [ vɪndɪkeɪt] (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 vindicate — UK [ˈvɪndɪkeɪt] / US [ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms vindicate : present tense I/you/we/they vindicate he/she/it vindicates present participle vindicating past tense vindicated past participle vindicated a) to prove that someone is… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 vindicate — [16] Latin vindex meant ‘claimant, defender, avenger’. From it was derived vindicāre ‘claim, defend, revenge’, which gave English vindicate, as well as (via French) avenge [14], revenge [14], and vengeance [13]. Vindicāre in turn formed the basis …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 vindicate — verb (T) formal 1 to prove that someone or something is right or true; justify: vindicate an idea/method/decision Your decision not to resign has been fully vindicated. 2 to prove that someone who was blamed for something is in fact not guilty:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 vindicate — vin•di•cate [[t]ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt[/t]] v. t. cat•ed, cat•ing 1) to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion: to vindicate someone s honor[/ex] 2) to afford justification for; justify 3) to uphold or justify by argument or evidence 4) to maintain or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 vindicate — [16] Latin vindex meant ‘claimant, defender, avenger’. From it was derived vindicāre ‘claim, defend, revenge’, which gave English vindicate, as well as (via French) avenge [14], revenge [14], and vengeance [13]. Vindicāre in turn formed the basis …

    Word origins

  • 16 vindicate — transitive verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare to lay claim to, avenge, from vindic , vindex claimant, avenger Date: circa 1571 1. obsolete to set free ; deliver 2. avenge 3 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 VINDICATE — vascular, inflammatory/infectious, neoplastic/neurologic/psychiatric, degenerative/dietary, intoxication/idiopathic/iatrogenic, congenital, allergic/autoimmune, trauma, endocrine/metabolic [differential diagnosis mnemonic] …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 vindicate — Synonyms 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 …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 vindicate — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To clear] Syn. acquit, free, absolve; see absolve , excuse . 2. [To defend] Syn. plead for, second, support; see defend 3 . 3. [To justify] Syn. prove, bear out, warrant; see justify 2 . See Synonym Study at absolve . II… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 vindicate — vin|di|cate [ˈvındıkeıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of vindicare to claim, avenge , from vindex person who claims, avenger ] 1.) to prove that someone who was blamed for something is in fact not guilty ▪ The …

    Dictionary of contemporary English