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2 definitions found
 for mental reservation
From 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.
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              With reservation of an hundred knights. --Shak.
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              Make some reservation of your wrongs. --Shak.
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     2. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or
        not given up or brought forward. --Dryden.
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     3. A tract of the public land reserved for some special use,
        as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc. [U.S.]
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     4. The state of being reserved, or kept in store. --Shak.
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     5. (Law)
        (a) A clause in an instrument by which some new thing is
            reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse
            before.
        (b) A proviso. --Kent.
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     Note: This term is often used in the same sense with
           exception, the technical distinction being disregarded.
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     6. (Eccl.)
        (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.
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     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.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mental reservation
      n 1: an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting
           something wholeheartedly [syn: mental reservation,
           reservation, arriere pensee]

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