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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vindication the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc. "friends provided a vindication of his position"
    • n vindication the justification for some act or belief "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vindication The act of vindicating, or the state of being vindicated; defense; justification against denial or censure; as, the vindication of opinions; his vindication is complete. "Occasion for the vindication of this passage in my book."
    • Vindication (Civil Law) The claiming a thing as one's own; the asserting of a right or title in, or to, a thing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vindication The act of vindicating, or the state of being vindicated. A justification against denial or censure, or against objections or accusations.
    • n vindication The act of supporting by proof or legal process; the proving of anything to be true or just: as, the vindication of a title, claim, or right.
    • n vindication Defense from wrong or oppression, by force or otherwise; maintenance of a cause against an assailant or enemy: as, the vindication of the rights of man; the vindication of liberties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vindication act of vindicating: defence: justification: support
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vindicatio, a laying claim, defense, vindication. See Vindicate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vindicāre, -ātumvis, vim, power, dicāre, to proclaim, dicĕre, to say; others trace to the root of venia, favour.


In literature:

This will tend to Mr. Carre's Vindication, if he has done his Duty.
"Trial of Mary Blandy"
Mr. Conway, in order to vindicate Randolph, has sacrificed so far as he could nearly every conspicuous public man of that period.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
Why did he not then vindicate his power and glory?
"The Young Captives" by Erasmus W. Jones
Her liberty she had vindicated by a just and necessary revolution.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
We have said enough to vindicate our assumed chronology and justify our readjustment of the calendar.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
Here is a principle that has been vindicated through all history and needs vindication now.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
Stupid idiot that I was, to think of writing her an apology to vindicate my innocent share of the scene at the Odeon!
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The task of vindication is ignoble.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
He appealed to the laws of the land to vindicate his reputation and punish his assailants.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
Dr. Burnet's Vindication of the Ordination of the Church of England.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
It is for others to write his history and vindicate his career.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
The painters who set aside Greek art undertook to vindicate the activity of the soul.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
And I was vindicated, believed in, even by Aunt Millie.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
For it was in the temple that Uzziah's sin was sinned and God's holiness vindicated upon him.
"The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)" by George Adam Smith
Vindicated by its Author, Matthew Locke.
"Twelve Good Musicians" by Frederick Bridge
He no longer attempted to reply, or to vindicate himself.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
Singular spectacle to be offered in vindication of the character of God!
"Studies of Christianity" by James Martineau
Yet his own faith must be vindicated while the shadow of God's hand rests upon his life.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated.
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge
Every crowd considers that it is vindicating some sacred principle.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin

In poetry:

The Lord with indignation heard,
And caused his wrath to flame;
His terrors ever stand prepared
To vindicate his name.
"Psalm 78 part 2" by Isaac Watts
To vindicate my words and thoughts
I'll make no more pretence;
Not one of all my thousand faults
Can bear a just defence.
"Hymn 86" by Isaac Watts
The scourgings of a God whose justice
And fearful judgments move apace,
And faithful ever in their office
To vindicate an injured race.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Thus doth th' eternal Spirit own
And seal the mission of the Son;
The Father vindicates his cause,
While he hangs bleeding on the cross.
"Hymn 137" by Isaac Watts
But as unto the least of Thine 'tis done,
'Neath night's dark cover, or the blazing sun,
So is it done to Thee, and Thou wilt yet
Thy majesty and power vindicate!
"The Divine Mission" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Whose blood, infused in ours in War's emprise,
To vindicate one Sceptre, sword, and tongue,—
As ours perchance may help to keep them wise,—
Hath made us young.
"A Royal Home-Coming" by Alfred Austin

In news:

President Obama's strategy in Libya could be vindicated by a rebel victory, but critics say it could have happened sooner.
Libya endgame may vindicate Obama's strategy.
MJC teacher on a mission to vindicate state rock.
YSU report card The Vindicator 's Joe Scalzo grades the 2012 Penguins.
A list of services, ceremonies and other events for Veterans Day as submitted to The Vindicator .
A Great iOS Google Maps Product Vindicates Apple 's Strategy.
This is a true vindication for me and all people ...
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog .
Burberry 's Fashion Faux Pas Vindicated.
Attorney says victim feels vindicated by guilty verdict in criminal case.
ROBERT K YOSAY THE VINDICATOR --.Canfields #21 Conner Kesner - is tied up after making a first down in first qquarter action - as he is brought down by Niles #60 Nick Lardas and #24 Chris Hillier.-Niles at Canfield.
ADELAIDE, January 21, 2011 (AFP) – Lance Armstrong said Friday he is confident of being vindicated following the most recent report to focus the doping spotlight on the Tour de France icon.
'I feel fully vindicated ' says former UW football coach.
'God Particle' Scientist Vindicated 50 Years Later.
Second episode of 'Homeland' Season 2 vindicates Carrie.

In science:

This compares very well with a numerical RW algorithm result, which yields an effective CPA exponent β ≃ 0.69, nicely vindicating the multifractal description [100].
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
This is the reason why the scientists who assume incoherent behavior without introducing ob jective randomness find experimental vindication of their predictions.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This is enough to vindicate our main claim, but it is interesting to learn more about the spin connection and its relationship with anholonomy.
Spin and Anholonomy in General Relativity
Either this idea must be vindicated, or some other (maybe more technical) notions that describe rigorously the distinction between rotation and non-rotation must be invoked and justified.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This can also be considered as a vindication of the result of Lemma 2.3.
Embedding simple commutative monoids into simple refinement monoids
The development of the δ -function peak (α = 1) at the transition point is a vindication of the first order nature of the unzipping transition.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
The results seems to vindicate the approximation used in the latter method, with this distribution it slightly out-performs cost-greedy search, meaning that the numerical losses in estimating the true weights are greater than the analytic loss of the approximation.
Decentralized Search with Random Costs
The use of RMT vindicates the Brink– Axel hypothesis.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
Recent observations from three different viewpoints – the time lag in cosmic gamma rays with different frequencies, the observation of the spectra of blazars and an analysis of the CMB power supression from the WMAP data – all vindicate this conclusion and remarkably, the same value.
Evidence for a photon mass
This distinction has been amply vindicated by subsequent developments.
Early Results from the Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey: C III Emission Lines in Of Spectra
This definition is vindicated by the following observation f rom, which shows that any two solutions either have the same cluster or are well-separated.
Catching the k-NAESAT Threshold
This is in sharp contrast to Bell’s inequality: had it turn out impossible to violate Bell’s inequality, local CC would have been vindicated.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
Our approach goes in parallel and vindicates Wheeler’s vision.
Quantum Entanglement on Cosmological Scale
The eventual detection of a mixed population of very high energy (VHE) gammaray sources is a vindication of these early efforts and a tribute to the pioneers.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
The double-Bell is for the time being unfeasible, but obviously vindication of Quantum Mechanics by the before-before experiment implies the same for the double-Bell.
Is there a real time ordering behind the nonlocal correlations?