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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Last week, a California federal judge provided the FTC and Apple with sweet vindication. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 And while the sighting of gravitational waves offered a vindication of Einstein’s hallowed principles, researchers can now subject general relativity to its most stringent tests yet, possibly revealing its shortcomings. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "We've Found Gravitational Waves. What Will We Learn From Them?," 24 May 2019 For all the gestures of inter-communal solidarity that have been given much publicity since the June 18 attack outside a London mosque, the more significant and ominous sentiment has been one of vindication. The New York Review of Books, "Christopher de Bellaigue," 4 Apr. 2019 American leadership since D-Day has been a great vindication of the rising tide that lifts all boats. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 American leadership since D-Day has been a great vindication of the rising tide that lifts all boats. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: United States lifted the world without losing ground," 5 June 2019 Greitens, who has long denied any criminal wrongdoing, emerged from the courthouse Monday with at least a momentary vindication. Jim Salter And David A. Lieb,, "Sex-related charge dropped against Missouri governor," 14 May 2018 The vindication of Devin Nunes continues,’ Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, said in an interview Thursday. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party?," 2 Feb. 2018 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

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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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