vindicate
1. [ verb ] show to be right by providing justification or proof
Synonyms: justify
Examples:

"vindicate a claim"

Related terms: uphold excuse legitimate justification defense apologist
2. [ verb ] maintain, uphold, or defend
Examples:

"vindicate the rights of the citizens"

Related terms: maintain apologist
3. [ verb ] (criminal law) clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
Examples:

"You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"

Related terms: acquit
Similar spelling:   vindicated
  vindicator
  vindicatory
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  vindictive
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