vin·​di·​ca·​tion | \ˌvin-də-ˈkā-shən \

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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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 But the nuanced findings provide no conclusions to support either Republicans or Democrats who want to claim total vindication. Eric Tucker And Chad Day, The Christian Science Monitor, "Watchdog says Comey was 'insubordinate' but not biased with Clinton probe," 14 June 2018 The move is seen as another vindication for the ‘buy the dip’ strategy that has consistently worked throughout the nine-year bull run in U.S. stocks. Lorcan Roche Kelly,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 Mar. 2018 This was exactly the worst possible outcome facing the Administration: a President who feels boxed in, looking for vindication via re-tweets, without anyone standing between him and the send button. Philip Elliott, Time, "Inside Donald Trump's Twitter-Fueled Weekend Meltdown," 20 Feb. 2018 Witnesses have high hopes for the report, seeing it as a vindication of their trauma. Fox News, "Witnesses await church sex abuse report with hope for change," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vindication was in 1613

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