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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of vindicare 'to claim, avenge', from vindex 'person who claims, avenger'


Related topics: Law
vin‧di‧cate [transitive] formal
1SCL 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.
2 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]

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