• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vindicatory providing justification
    • adj vindicatory given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts "retributive justice"
    • adj vindicatory of or relating to or having the nature of retribution "retributive justice demands an eye for an eye"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vindicatory Inflicting punishment; avenging; punitory. "The afflictions of Job were no vindicatory punishments to take vengeance of his sins."
    • Vindicatory Tending or serving to vindicate or justify; justificatory; vindicative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vindicatory Tending to vindicate; justificatory.
    • vindicatory Punitory; inflicting punishment; avenging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vindicatory tending to vindicate: inflicting punishment
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vindicāre, -ātumvis, vim, power, dicāre, to proclaim, dicĕre, to say; others trace to the root of venia, favour.


In literature:

Blunt's journey to Washington had results, complimentary and gratifying to his vanity because publicly vindicatory.
"The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel
So had come vindicatory advertisement gorgeous beyond the little lady's dreams.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison