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
  1. noun
    the act of liberating someone or something
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
  2. noun
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    synonyms: 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)
    Section Eight
    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
  3. noun
    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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