Liberation means the setting free of someone or something. Wild animals raised in captivity are often unprepared for their liberation when they are released back into the wild.

You'll notice right off the bat that liberation is related to the noun liberty — as in "liberty and justice for all." The difference is that liberation refers specifically to the act of being made free, of going from having no freedom to having it. Famous moments of liberation include Europe's liberation from the Nazis, the slaves' liberation from slavery in the U.S., and South Africa's liberation from the oppression of apartheid.

Definitions of liberation

n the act of liberating someone or something

freeing, release
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jail delivery
the use of force to liberate prisoners
deregulating, deregulation
the act of freeing from regulation (especially from governmental regulations)
the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
disentanglement, extrication, unsnarling, untangling
the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
the act of freeing from suspicion
the formal act of freeing from slavery
(law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
(law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court
purgation, purge, purging
the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
exoneration, vindication
the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
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accomplishment, achievement
the action of accomplishing something

n the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, release, sack, sacking
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the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
conge, congee
an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
dismissal from office
deactivation, inactivation
breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
honorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
dishonorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
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a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
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conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n the attempt to achieve equal rights or status

“she worked for women's liberation
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attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

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