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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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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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 But she’s instead decided to present it as vindication, even demanding on Twitter that the President donate $1 million to something called the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. James Freeman, WSJ, "Did Elizabeth Warren Just Kill Identity Politics?," 15 Oct. 2018 For Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO, the second birthday of the great Stories heist comes as a vindication. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on winning the Stories war," 2 Aug. 2018 Embattled Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, who began the litigation that led to the Janus decision, has been hanging around Washington since the weekend awaiting his vindication. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Topples Precedent to Hobble Public Unions," 27 June 2018 The victory was sweet vindication for Savchenko and Massot, who were stamped the favorites after winning the Grand Prix Final but whose error on a jump in the short program left them playing catch-up. Dave Skretta,, "Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim became first Americans to land quad twist but fail to medal in pairs skating," 14 Feb. 2018 But the nuanced findings provide no conclusions to support either Republicans or Democrats who want to claim total vindication. Eric Tucker And Chad Day, The Christian Science Monitor, "Watchdog says Comey was 'insubordinate' but not biased with Clinton probe," 14 June 2018 The move is seen as another vindication for the ‘buy the dip’ strategy that has consistently worked throughout the nine-year bull run in U.S. stocks. Lorcan Roche Kelly,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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to boil down or concentrate

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