One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A qualification tacitly added in making a statement, etc.; an unexpressed doubt or criticism.
- ‘That means that in practice our law generally ignores the subjective expectations and the unexpressed mental reservations of the parties.’
- ‘So I keep some mental reservation about what I hear the coaches shouting.’
- ‘I take the official oath today with no mental reservations, and with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules.’
- ‘Ethics is imbedded in the officer's commission and oath of office: ‘special trust and confidence’ and ‘no mental reservation or purpose of evasion.’’
- ‘The mental reservations of governments or their representatives are not valid insofar as international law is concerned.’
- ‘Solemnly, freely, and without any mental reservation, I hereby renounce under oath all allegiance to any foreign state.’
- ‘If you suspect the existence of mental reservations in an employee, sincerely invite him to question you.’
- ‘By accepting it as a bribe and intending to keep it he enters into a bargain, despite the fact that he may make to himself a mental reservation to the effect that he is not going to carry out his side of the bargain.’
- ‘In most of our gardens we have made a mental reservation of space for certain permanent features.’
- ‘But I've never in my life typed or uttered the word without a mental reservation.’
- ‘And that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;’
- ‘He had told his friend, on several occasions, he would support him but his assurances had been made with strong mental reservations.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.