From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vindication \Vin`di*ca"tion\, n. [L. vindicatio a laying claim,
   defense, vindication. See Vindicate.]
   1. 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.
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            Occasion for the vindication of this passage in my
            book.                                 --Locke.
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   2. (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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