the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.

1175–1225; Middle English salvatio(u)n < Late Latin salvātiōn- (stem of salvātiō), equivalent to salvāt(us) (past participle of salvāre to save1; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English sa(u)vaciun, sauvacion < Old French sauvacion < Late Latin, as above

salvational, adjective
nonsalvation, noun Unabridged
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salvation (sælˈveɪʃən)
1.  the act of preserving or the state of being preserved from harm
2.  a person or thing that is the means of preserving from harm
3.  Christianity deliverance by redemption from the power of sin and from the penalties ensuing from it
4.  Christian Science the realization that Life, Truth, and Love are supreme and that they can destroy such illusions as sin, death, etc
[C13: from Old French sauvacion, from Late Latin salvātiō, from Latin salvātus saved, from salvāre to save1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., originally in the Christian sense, from O.Fr. salvaciun, from L.L. salvationem (nom. salvatio, a Church L. translation of Gk. soteria), noun of action from salvare "to save" (see save). In general (non-religious) sense, attested from late 14c. Meaning "source of
salvation" is from late 14c. Salvation Army is from 1878, founded by the Rev. William Booth. The verb salve "to save from loss at sea" (1706) is a back-formation.
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Cultural Dictionary

salvation definition

Being “saved” among Christians; salvation is freedom from the effects of the Fall of Man. This freedom comes through faith in Jesus, who is called in the New Testament “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” The Apostles taught that those who experience salvation in their lifetime on Earth and continue in their friendship with God will inherit eternal happiness in heaven.

salvation definition

In Christianity, union or friendship with God and deliverance from original sin and damnation. Jesus promised salvation to his followers.

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Bible Dictionary

Salvation definition

This word is used of the deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptians (Ex. 14:13), and of deliverance generally from evil or danger. In the New Testament it is specially used with reference to the great deliverance from the guilt and the pollution of sin wrought out by Jesus Christ, "the great salvation" (Heb. 2:3). (See REDEMPTION ØT0003084; REGENERATION.)

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Example sentences
She never doubted she was the only means of their salvation.
The site's daunting inaccessibility may be its salvation.
It is believed that a dip in its waters cleanses all the sins and is the surest
  way to achieve salvation from the cycles of life.
It wants you to worry about sin and salvation, while it controls your mind and
  restricts your thoughts.
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