from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim.
- transitive v. To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments.
- transitive v. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
- transitive v. To exact revenge for; avenge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism.
- v. To justify by providing evidence.
- v. To maintain or defend a cause against opposition.
- v. To provide justification for.
- v. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
- v. To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
- v. To avenge; to punish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
- transitive v. To maintain or defend with success; to prove to be valid; to assert convincingly; to sustain against assault.
- transitive v. To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify.
- transitive v. To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.
- transitive v. To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
- transitive v. To avenge; to punish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To assert a right to; lay claim to; claim.
- To defend or support against an enemy; maintain the cause or rights of; deliver from wrong, oppression, or the like; clear from censure, or the like: as, to vindicate an official.
- To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; defend; justify.
- To avenge; punish; retaliate.
- Synonyms and Assert, Defend, Maintain, etc. See assert.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
- v. maintain, uphold, or defend
- v. show to be right by providing justification or proof
Latin vindicāre, vindicāt-, from vindex, vindic-, surety, avenger; see deik- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vindicātus, perfect passive participle of vindicō ("lay legal claim to something; set free; protect, avenge, punish"), from vim, accusative singular of vīs ("force, power"), + dīcō ("say; declare, state"). (Wiktionary)