Pronunciation: (sal-vā'shun), [key]
1. the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
2. the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
3. a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
4. Theol.deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.
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