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.

1475–85; < Latin vindicātiōn- (stem of vindicātiō), equivalent to vindicāt(us) (see vindicate) + -iōn- -ion

nonvindication, noun
revindication, noun
self-vindication, noun Unabridged
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vindication (ˌvɪndɪˈkeɪʃən)
1.  the act of vindicating or the condition of being vindicated
2.  a means of exoneration from an accusation
3.  a fact, evidence, circumstance, etc, that serves to vindicate a theory or claim

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Word Origin & History

1484, "act of avenging, revenge," from L. vindicationem (nom. 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 1647.
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Example sentences
Alas, a dark cloud hangs over the mood of vindication.
The vindication came not from fossils, or from specimens of living creatures,
  or from dissection of their organs.
He's not interested in evidence that would offer vindication.
But it is not enough to shrug and wait for that joyous feeling of vindication.
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