Definition of vindicate in English:



  • 1 Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.

    ‘hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict’
    • ‘The former trade minister says that he is happy to submit to any tests that help vindicate him.’
    • ‘Ms Hanley vowed to continue the fight to vindicate her late father's name and reputation.’
    • ‘Yet it goes to the credit of the author that she has tried to vindicate him with rare conviction and commitment.’
    • ‘Against my own inclinations, I hope you're vindicated, because I'm fond of the magazine.’
    • ‘After a long legal battle workers were vindicated when an industrial tribunal unanimously decided they had been unfairly dismissed.’
    • ‘The verdict of the Court of Appeal today serves to vindicate her and stands as testimony to the unstinting efforts of those supporting her.’
    • ‘Had he been vindicated in the 1970s, he says he would have made the journey.’
    • ‘But rather than vindicating the staff I think this is more damning.’
    • ‘Adrian was relieved and elated at the time the police vindicated him and David but that didn't last too long.’
    • ‘The purpose of a libel action is to enable the Plaintiff to clear his name of the libel, to vindicate his character.’
    • ‘But people need to remember, she's in prison and we're hoping to vindicate her.’
    • ‘But a judge and jury at York Crown Court has vindicated the officers over their treatment of Wilf Barlow, 40.’
    • ‘One can assume that not everyone understood, or believed, that the more accurate lab tests vindicated him.’
    • ‘My father was eventually vindicated, but not before he had spent months in Brixton prison.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the third test, conducted in a laboratory days later, that he was vindicated.’
    • ‘Gidney thinks it will vindicate him, his enemies hope it will damn him.’
    • ‘She comes out with an agenda, to vindicate Michael, but not to talk about herself, and I thought that was very telling.’
    • ‘Not showing the replays - which would have vindicated the officials instantly - only inflamed the situation.’
    • ‘He was vindicated when UBS eventually settled out of court but hesitates when asked how much he won.’
    • ‘Representing himself, his argument will be that he has a right to vindicate his person and what he describes as his ‘good name’.’
    acquit, clear, absolve, free from blame, declare innocent, exonerate, exculpate, discharge, liberate, free, deliver, redeem
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    1. 1.1Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.
      ‘more sober views were vindicated by events’
      • ‘But they have been as concerned with vindicating the legitimacy of moral practice and argument as with anything else.’
      • ‘Today's result vindicates the hard work we have done during the winter and gives us an excellent platform on which to build for the rest of the season.’
      • ‘These warnings appear to be amply vindicated by events in recent years.’
      • ‘Others say they feel their anti-war stance has been vindicated by the events of the last week, although they stress they take no pleasure from it.’
      • ‘Well, your Honour's view about that was vindicated in the judgment of the Court.’
      • ‘Inherent in Augustine's lifelong concern to vindicate providence was his belief that no pain or loss is undeserved.’
      • ‘A final area where progressive economics has been vindicated concerns the dangers of deflation.’
      • ‘He said this, and the good performance from other products, vindicated his view that producer prices should be held.’
      • ‘Our concerns were finally vindicated when an anonymous whistle-blower called in the National Audit Office.’
      • ‘Of course when we found the mines on board, that vindicated our concerns.’
      • ‘These revelations certainly vindicate the concerns he expressed at the time.’
      • ‘The events of yesterday vindicated those who supported the idea of a road to bypass the Bingley bottleneck.’
      • ‘Our approach to training was vindicated by the results achieved when the dogs were formally evaluated.’
      • ‘The smartest way to steal their thunder - and vindicate the event - was to highlight an alternative agenda that the protesters cared about.’
      • ‘All in all it was a great return for Roy and totally vindicated Brian Kerr's determination to get him back in an Irish shirt.’
      • ‘She feels the achievement vindicates the club's support for the team.’
      • ‘It also vindicated her version of events on that tragic day in the Outback.’
      • ‘I really think Wanderers have done themselves proud this season and results vindicate Sam's attitude.’
      • ‘Until now welfare reform has proved all its critics wrong and more than vindicated its supporters.’
      • ‘People feel that we were vindicated in opposing the war.’
      justify, warrant, substantiate, establish, demonstrate, ratify, authenticate, verify, confirm, corroborate, prove, defend, offer grounds for, support, back, evidence, bear out, bear witness to, endorse, give credence to, lend weight to
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Mid 16th century (in the sense deliver, rescue): from Latin vindicat- claimed, avenged from the verb vindicare, from vindex, vindic- claimant, avenger.