de·liv·er·ance /dɪˈlɪv(ə)rən(t)s, di-/
1. The act of delivering or freeing from restraint, captivity, peril, and the like; rescue; as, the deliverance of a captive.
He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives. --Luke iv. 18.
One death or one deliverance we will share. --Dryden.
2. Act of bringing forth children. [Archaic]
3. Act of speaking; utterance. [Archaic]
Note: ☞ In this and in the preceding sense delivery is the word more commonly used.
4. The state of being delivered, or freed from restraint.
I do desire deliverance from these officers. --Shak.
5. Anything delivered or communicated; esp., an opinion or decision expressed publicly. [Scot.]
6. Metaph. Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum; as, the deliverance of consciousness.
n : recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the
deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving
of lives" [syn: rescue, delivery, saving]