1. [syn: mental reservation, reservation, arriere pensee]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reservation \Res`er*va"tion\ (r?z`?r-v?"sh?n), n. [Cf. F.
r['e]servation, LL. reservatio. See Reserve.]
1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or
withholding from disclosure; reserve. --A. Smith.
With reservation of an hundred knights. --Shak.
Make some reservation of your wrongs. --Shak.
2. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or
not given up or brought forward. --Dryden.
3. A tract of the public land reserved for some special use,
as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc. [U.S.]
4. The state of being reserved, or kept in store. --Shak.
(a) A clause in an instrument by which some new thing is
reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse
(b) A proviso. --Kent.
Note: This term is often used in the same sense with
exception, the technical distinction being disregarded.
(a) The portion of the sacramental elements reserved for
purposes of devotion and for the communion of the
absent and sick.
(b) A term of canon law, which signifies that the pope
reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices.
7. an agreement to have some space, service or other
acommodation, as at a hotel, a restaurant, or on a public
transport system, held for one's future use; also, the
record or receipt for such an agreement, or the
contractual obligation to retain that accommodation; as, a
hotel reservation; a reservation on a flight to Dallas; to
book a reservation at the Ritz.
Mental reservation, the withholding, or failing to
disclose, something that affects a statement, promise,
etc., and which, if disclosed, would materially change its
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting
something wholeheartedly [syn: mental reservation,
reservation, arriere pensee]