The act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc. (synset 101243896)
hypernym: clearing - the act of freeing from suspicionhyponym:synonym: exoneration
The justification for some act or belief (synset 106753339)
hypernym: justification - a statement in explanation of some action or beliefhyponym:
- apologia, apology - a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
- alibi - (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
- alibi, exculpation, excuse, self-justification - a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.