verb (used with object), vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing.
- to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone’s honor.
- to afford justification for; justify: Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
- to uphold or justify by argument or evidence: to vindicate a claim.
- to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
- to claim for oneself or another.
- Roman and Civil Law. to regain possession, under claim of title of property through legal procedure, or to assert one’s right to possession.
- to get revenge for; avenge.
- Obsolete. to deliver from; liberate.
- Obsolete. to punish.
- to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
- to provide justification forhis promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
- to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc)to vindicate a claim
- Roman law to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
- rare to claim, as for oneself or another
- obsolete to take revenge on or for; punish
- obsolete to set free
1620s, “to avenge or revenge,” from Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning “to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration” is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.