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Definition of vindication

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

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recanted testimony that resulted in a long-overdue vindication
Recent Examples on the Web For Kemp, an outright win in the primary would be vindication after months of attacks from Trump. Jeff Amy,, 23 May 2022 If there are boundaries of authority in need of defining, or national principles of commerce to be affirmed, there must be grievances more worthy of vindication. Matthew Scully, National Review, 11 July 2022 For The Win Any time a team like the Colorado Avalanche — a squad that's been on the brink of glory for a few years — wins the Stanley Cup, there are often a few stories of vindication. Robert Zeglinski, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 In this providential outlook, all events, even seemingly evil ones, ultimately forward a story of progress, and the great must at times rise above ordinary mortality with the promise of vindication by history. Priya Satia, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 Cannes wins are also vindication for Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM, which was partly responsible for Korean culture’s modern incarnation, and which has been in the Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon Ho business for more than twenty years. Patrick Frater, Variety, 29 May 2022 Some of Heaps’ accusers called the settlement a vindication after complaining about the doctor for years and seeing little done. Richard Wintonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 That’s vindication for the much maligned notion that shoe cushioning can lighten the load on your joints and reduce injury risk. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 Moonfall is emphatically not the latter — but at times, its shlockiness becomes as distracting as its vindication of fringe viewpoints. Jesse Hassenger, The Week, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Vindication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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