- kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
- kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.
- formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.
- characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.
- retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.
Origin of reserved
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3, 4. composed, controlled reticent, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold.
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Examples from the Web for reservedness
You know the sternness, reservedness, and distance of his manners.Caleb Williams
Nevertheless, he could not entirely abstain from testing the power of her reservedness.Pierre; or The Ambiguities
At noon dined at home and Creed with me, who I do really begin to hate, and do use him with some reservedness.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
This custom, which may make us contract a reservedness or too much familiarity, is extremely ridiculous.
- set aside for use by a particular person or peoplethis table is reserved
- cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
- destined; fatedreserved for great things
- referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assemblydefence is a reserved issue
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Word Origin and History for reservedness
"guarded" (in manner), c.1600, past participle adjective from reserve (v.). Of seats, tables from 1858.
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