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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Examples of vindication in a Sentence

recanted testimony that resulted in a long-overdue vindication
Recent Examples on the Web For men, Todd claims, this character offered drama and the thrill of seeing power humiliated; for women, there was vicarious pleasure, a sense of vindication as the heroine fought institutions—judges, doctors, skeptical editors—and won. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Lost Legacy of the Girl Stunt Reporter," 29 Apr. 2021 As noted by Richard Reddick, the committee chair and Texas associate dean of equity, the report should be held neither as a vindication of the alma mater nor as an indictment of it. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Finger: With history chronicled, fate of 'The Eyes' now depends on the present," 9 Mar. 2021 If the speed of his success was a touch unexpected, it was treated within Independiente as vindication of the club’s model. New York Times, "Moisés Caicedo and the Perils of Too Much Interest," 21 Jan. 2021 Berger's analysis also backed up Morton's experience — that a heady cocktail of isolation and vindication risks accelerating the violent reaction of a small minority who put in the effort to move to more private platforms. NBC News, "Is deplatforming extremists effective or dangerous? Experts weigh in.," 18 Jan. 2021 Chauvin’s conviction is less a victory or a vindication than an expression of faith, The Times’ editorial board writes — evidence of justice as yet unseen, but hoped for. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The Chauvin verdicts," 21 Apr. 2021 This year’s team is focused on a vindication long delayed. Julia Poe,, "Fate in the stars? Orlando Pride seek redefining, redemptive 2021 season," 9 Apr. 2021 Georgia officials called the decision a vindication of their water management. Mark Sherman, ajc, "Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida," 2 Apr. 2021 Georgia officials called the decision a vindication of their water management. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Vindication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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