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mental reservation

an unexpressed doubt or qualification about a situation, person, etc.
Origin of mental reservation
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dyckman, however, had been ashamed of a mental reservation or two.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He will then abjure the other King with a mental reservation.

  • Hedvig replied that there are cases in which a lie is necessary, but that the principle of a mental reservation is always a cheat.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "Some of them were," said Emily, making a mental reservation of her own.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • These gentlemen of the Opposition, when they give any assurance, always do it with a mental reservation!

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • The mental reservation is, of course, "where perchance we may serve God as we will!"

  • The old vows of poverty, obedience, and conjugal chastity were preserved, with a mental reservation regarding the two former.

  • He had promised his assistance, but not without a mental reservation.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • There was something like troubled mental reservation in it—and when had there ever been mental reservation between them?

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "I'll do what I can," replied Webster, with a mental reservation.

    The Spy of the Rebellion Allan Pinkerton
British Dictionary definitions for mental reservation

mental reservation

a tacit withholding of full assent or an unexpressed qualification made when one is taking an oath, making a statement, etc
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