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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. [1913 Webster] Occasion for the vindication of this passage in my book. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. (Civil Law) The claiming a thing as one's own; the asserting of a right or title in, or to, a thing. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]