an unexpressed doubt or qualification about a situation, person, etc.
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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of mental reservation
First recorded in 1600–10
Words nearby mental reservation
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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