vin·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌvin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vindication (audio) \

Definition of vindication

: an act of vindicating : the state of being vindicated specifically : justification against denial or censure : defense

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Synonyms & Antonyms for vindication


acquittal, clearing, exculpation, exoneration



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Examples of vindication in a Sentence

recanted testimony that resulted in a long-overdue vindication

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That brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set the stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open," 25 Mar. 2019 Most of the media didn’t like Pruitt’s dismantling of environmental regulations, so there was a sense of vindication in his ouster. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 While a plurality of Americans still disapproves of the law, Republicans can point to the trend line — and the fact that the tax cuts haven’t actually taken effect yet, but will next month — and predict that vindication will soon be theirs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Trump Tax Cuts Will Not Save Republicans This Fall," 29 Jan. 2018 The triumph was something of a vindication for Branson and SpaceShipTwo. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Completes Successful Flight in Big Boost for Space Tourism," 13 Dec. 2018 But she’s instead decided to present it as vindication, even demanding on Twitter that the President donate $1 million to something called the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. James Freeman, WSJ, "Did Elizabeth Warren Just Kill Identity Politics?," 15 Oct. 2018 For Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO, the second birthday of the great Stories heist comes as a vindication. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on winning the Stories war," 2 Aug. 2018 Embattled Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, who began the litigation that led to the Janus decision, has been hanging around Washington since the weekend awaiting his vindication. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Topples Precedent to Hobble Public Unions," 27 June 2018 The victory was sweet vindication for Savchenko and Massot, who were stamped the favorites after winning the Grand Prix Final but whose error on a jump in the short program left them playing catch-up. Dave Skretta,, "Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim became first Americans to land quad twist but fail to medal in pairs skating," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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1 Apr 2019

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The first known use of vindication was in 1613

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likely to have or produce good results

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