mental reservation


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mental reservation an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mental reservation the withholding, or failing to disclose, something that affects a statement, promise, etc., and which, if disclosed, would materially change its import.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mental reservation the act of reserving or holding back some word or clause which is necessary to convey fully the meaning really intended by the speaker—distinct from equivocation (L. equivocatio or amphibolia)
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  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reserver—L. reservārere-, back, servāre, to save.


In literature:

Burleigh accepted for self and partner, Loomis for himself, with mental reservation.
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King
I received this admonition with a decided mental reservation.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Such mental reservation on your part is every thing but kind.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
I made a mental reservation of you.
"The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
But I did so with several mental reservations, the nature of which I will communicate to you at some more convenient time.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
Sam sat down and mentally blessed the reservation regarding free drinks as his benefactor turned to the bar and gave his order.
"The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant" by W. W. Jacobs
Mrs. Church, who had accepted her as an ally, but with mental reservations, softly applied a handkerchief to her eyes.
"A Master Of Craft" by W. W. Jacobs
I have said nothing about mental peculiarities being inheritable for I reserve this subject for a separate chapter.
"The Foundations of the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Was not a sly mental reservation perhaps intended by this?
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
Which confession I now make publickly, and without mental qualification or reserve, to all whom it may concern.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Roger has always had that priceless faculty of reserving mental processes, apparently, until they are necessary.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
Her call upon Annie she made with a mental reserve of cheerful explanation and apology ready for Annie's first reproach.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
Chivalry constrained him to a mental reservation: Winny Dymond and the young ladies of the Poly.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
For the third division of inquiries may be reserved the more special mental traits distinguishing different types of men.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Of "mental reservations" they knew nothing.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
There are no equivocations or mental reservations.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Swift made a mental reservation and nodded his head.
"Making Money" by Owen Johnson
There is no time in such an interval for any mental reservation.
"The Window at the White Cat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Never affect a foolish reserve in a mixed company, keeping aloof from others as if in a state of mental abstraction.
"The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness" by Florence Hartley
But man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

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