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.

3. Act of speaking; utterance.

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; especially, an opinion or decision expressed publicly.

6. <psychology> Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum; as, the deliverance of consciousness.

Origin: F. Delivrance, fr. Delivrer.

(01 Mar 1998)