|Origin:||, past participle of vindicare 'to claim, avenge', from vindex 'person who claims, avenger'|
vin‧di‧cate [transitive] formal
to prove that someone who was blamed for something is in fact not guilty:
The charges are false, and we are sure we will be vindicated in court.
to prove that someone or something is right or true [= justify]:
The decision to advertise has been vindicated by the fact that sales have grown.
—vindication noun [singular, uncountable]