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Definition of vindicate:

  1. To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity.
  2. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
  3. To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
  4. To maintain or defend with success; to prove to be valid; to assert convincingly; to sustain against assault; as, to vindicate a right, claim, or title.
  5. To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.
  6. To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify.

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pay back, eliminate, corroborate, purge, vouch for, bear out, make/prove your/a point, punish, retaliate, redress, second, claim, get off, rationalise, fix, wreak, rationalize, repay, justify, right, someone cannot/can't help it if, maintain, certify, pay off, substantiate, revenge, visit, forgiveness, point to, authenticate, show, assert, attack, law, prove, someone is only human, defend, confirm, apologise, warrant, argue, validate, support, requite, attest, verify.

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