Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of delivering or the condition of being delivered.
  • n. Rescue from bondage or danger.
  • n. A publicly expressed opinion or judgment, such as the verdict of a jury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of delivering, the state of being delivered, or something delivered.
  • n. Extrication from danger, imprisonment, rescue etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of delivering or freeing from restraint, captivity, peril, and the like; rescue.
  • n. Act of bringing forth children.
  • n. Act of speaking; utterance.
  • n. The state of being delivered, or freed from restraint.
  • n. Anything delivered or communicated; esp., an opinion or decision expressed publicly.
  • n. Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of setting free; release or rescue, as from captivity, oppression, danger, or evil of any kind.
  • n. Acquittal of a prisoner by the verdict of a jury.
  • n. Parturition; childbirth; delivery.
  • n. Hence The act of disburdening of anything; especially, the act of disburdening the mind by uttering one's thoughts.
  • n. The act of giving or transferring from one to another.
  • n. Utterance; declaration; also, a particular statement, especially of opinion; specifically, an authoritative or official utterance by speech or writing; a decision in a controversy.
  • n. In Scots law, the expressed decision of a judge or an arbitrator, interim or final. When interim, it is technically called an interlocutor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. recovery or preservation from loss or danger

Etymologies

From deliver +‎ -ance (Wiktionary)

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