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vindicate

verb [T] uk   /ˈvɪn.dɪ.keɪt/ us  
to prove that what someone said or did was right or true, after other people thought it was wrong: The decision to include Morris in the team was completely vindicated when he scored three goals. The investigation vindicated her complaint about the newspaper. to prove that someone is not guilty or is free from blame, after other people blamed them: They said they welcomed the trial as a chance to vindicate themselves.
vindication
noun [S or U] uk   /ˌvɪn.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
The army's victory is being seen as (a) vindication of their tactics.
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