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[vin-di-key-shuh n] /ˌvɪn dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of vindicating.
the state of being vindicated.
defense; excuse; justification:
Poverty was a vindication for his thievery.
something that vindicates:
Subsequent events were her vindication.
Origin of vindication
1475-85; < Latin vindicātiōn- (stem of vindicātiō), equivalent to vindicāt(us) (see vindicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonvindication, noun
revindication, noun
self-vindication, noun Unabridged
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  • He represented that no vindication was necessary, and that none could be of any use.

  • It informs her whole view of the rights and duties of women in her vindication.

  • Was he too heedless of his wife to listen to the vindication.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Now, assuredly, Hemsworth requires some vindication at our hands.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • I can only call to mind one act in vindication of my wisdom—I went to bed.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for vindication


the act of vindicating or the condition of being vindicated
a means of exoneration from an accusation
a fact, evidence, circumstance, etc, that serves to vindicate a theory or claim
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Word Origin and History for vindication

late 15c., "act of avenging, revenge," from Latin vindicationem (nominative vindicatio) "act of claiming or avenging," from vindicare "to set free, lay claim to, assert, avenge" (related to vindicta "revenge"), probably from vim dicare "to show authority," from vim, accusative of vis "force" + root of dicere "to say" (see diction). Meaning "justification by proof, defense against censure" is attested from 1640s.

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