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Definition of vicarious:

  1. Acting as a substitute; - said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation.
  2. Acting of suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or officer.
  3. Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority.
  4. Performed of suffered in the place of another; substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious punishment.

Synonyms:

exchangeable, abnormal, secondary.

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