Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb vindicate

3 senses of vindicate

Sense 1
justify, vindicate -- (show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim")
       => uphold, maintain -- (support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict")

Sense 2
vindicate -- (maintain, uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens")
       => maintain, defend -- (state or assert; "He maintained his innocence")

Sense 3
vindicate -- (clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel")
       => acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate -- (pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges")

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