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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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 The 5-year-old mare, who is the 6-5 morning line favorite, may have a more difficult path this year if vindication is the goal. Tim Dwyer,, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 The supporters of Sullivan and Brissette — and there are many in city government — understandably view this as vindication. Adrian Walker,, "The lesson of the City Hall corruption case is that bad government isn’t illegal," 25 Mar. 2018 Recent events have brought some vindication, however. Paula Span, New York Times, "He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination.," 6 July 2018 Four decades later a bevy of economic studies provide some vindication for Mr Wilson. The Economist, "The wage gap between white and black men is growing wider," 5 July 2018 Aides described an air of vindication and even elation in the West Wing just days after Trump acceded to a humiliating about-face over his family separation policy in the face of an international uproar. David Nakamura,, "Travel ban ruling could embolden Trump in remaking U.S. immigration system," 26 June 2018 Despite the larger vindication in the decision, Chen will still face a 15-day suspension related to sharing data with a researcher. Cameron Knight,, "After fighting espionage charges, scientist gets her government job back," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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