One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A qualification tacitly added in making a statement, etc.; an unexpressed doubt or criticism.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The mental reservations of governments or their representatives are not valid insofar as international law is concerned.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;’
- ‘But I've never in my life typed or uttered the word without a mental reservation.’
- ‘Ethics is imbedded in the officer's commission and oath of office: ‘special trust and confidence’ and ‘no mental reservation or purpose of evasion.’’
- ‘I take the official oath today with no mental reservations, and with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules.’
- ‘He had told his friend, on several occasions, he would support him but his assurances had been made with strong mental reservations.’
- ‘In most of our gardens we have made a mental reservation of space for certain permanent features.’
- ‘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.’
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