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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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 Most of the media didn’t like Pruitt’s dismantling of environmental regulations, so there was a sense of vindication in his ouster. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 While a plurality of Americans still disapproves of the law, Republicans can point to the trend line — and the fact that the tax cuts haven’t actually taken effect yet, but will next month — and predict that vindication will soon be theirs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Trump Tax Cuts Will Not Save Republicans This Fall," 29 Jan. 2018 The triumph was something of a vindication for Branson and SpaceShipTwo. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Completes Successful Flight in Big Boost for Space Tourism," 13 Dec. 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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