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mental reservation

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noun
  1. an unexpressed doubt or qualification about a situation, person, etc.
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Origin of mental reservation

First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for mental reservation

mental reservation

noun
  1. 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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