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What does "Vindicate" mean?

Definition

(v. t.) To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity (v. t.) To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim (v. t.) To liberate; to set free; to deliver (v. t.) 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 (v. t.) To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies (v. t.) To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify


Synonyms justify


Example: "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel" Example: "Vindicate the rights of the citizens" Example: "Vindicate a claim"


Word Family vindicated, vindicates, vindicating, vindication, vindications