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Noun reservation has 7 senses


reservationn. [Cf. F. réservation, LL. reservatio. See Reserve.].
  •  The act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve.  A. Smith.  [1913 Webster]
    "With reservation of an hundred knights."  [1913 Webster]
    "Make some reservation of your wrongs."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The state of being reserved, or kept in store.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before.  Kent.  [1913 Webster]
    " This term is often used in the same sense with exception, the technical distinction being disregarded."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick.  [1913 Webster]
  •  an agreement to have some space, service or other acommodation, as at a hotel, a restaurant, or on a public transport system, held for one's future use; also, the record or receipt for such an agreement, or the contractual obligation to retain that accommodation; as, a hotel reservation; a reservation on a flight to Dallas; to book a reservation at the Ritz.  [PJC]
Mental reservation, the withholding, or failing to disclose, something that affects a statement, promise, etc., and which, if disclosed, would materially change its import.


reservation, n.
1 the act or an instance of reserving or being reserved.
2 a booking (of a room, berth, seat, etc.).
3 the thing booked, e.g. a room in a hotel.
4 an express or tacit limitation or exception to an agreement etc. (had reservations about the plan).
5 Brit. a strip of land between the carriageways of a road.
6 an area of land reserved for occupation by American Indians, African Blacks, or Australian Aboriginals, etc.
7 a a right or interest retained in an estate being conveyed. b the clause reserving this.
8 Eccl. a the practice of retaining for some purpose a portion of the Eucharistic elements (esp. the bread) after celebration. b RC Ch. the power of absolution reserved to a superior. c RC Ch. the right reserved to the Pope of nomination to a vacant benefice.

ME f. OF reservation or LL reservatio (as RESERVE)



Indian reservation, allowance, appointment, archives, area, arrangement, bank, bespeaking, bird sanctuary, booking, briefing, cession, circumscription, concession, condition, demur, demurral, demurrer, employment, engagement, exception, exemption, extenuating circumstances, forest preserve, game reserve, grain of salt, grant, hedge, hedging, hesitancy, hesitation, hiring, holding back, library, limitation, mental reservation, modification, museum, national forest, national park, objection, paradise, park, plot, preengagement, preserve, provision, proviso, qualification, qualm, region, reluctance, reserve, restriction, retainment, reticence, salvo, sanctuary, scruple, section, special case, special treatment, specialness, specification, state forest, stipulation, store, string, strings, taking on, term, terms, territory, tract, waiver, wilderness preserve, wildlife preserve, withholding




N region, sphere, ground, soil, area, field, realm, hemisphere, quarter, district, beat, orb, circuit, circle, reservation, pale, compartment, department, clearing, (property) &c 780 (Government), 1 arena, precincts, enceinte, walk, march, patch, plot, parcel, inclosure, close, field, court, enclave, reserve, preserve, street, clime, climate, zone, meridian, latitude, biosphere, lithosphere, territorial, local, parochial, provincial, regional.


N limit, boundary, bounds, confine, enclave, term, bourn, verge, curbstone, but, pale, reservation, termination, terminus, stint, frontier, precinct, marches, backwoods, boundary line, landmark, line of demarcation, line of circumvallation, pillars of Hercules, Rubicon, turning point, ne plus ultra, sluice, floodgate, definite, conterminate, conterminable, terminal, frontier, bordering, thus far, thus far and no further, stick to the reservation, go beyond the pale, Special.


N concealment, hiding, occultation, mystification, seal of secrecy, screen, disguise, masquerade, masked battery, hiding place, cryptography, steganography, freemasonry, stealth, stealthiness, sneakiness, obreption, slyness, latitancy, latitation, seclusion, privacy, secrecy, secretness, incognita, reticence, reserve, mental reserve, reservation, arriere pensee, suppression, evasion, white lie, misprision, silence, suppression of truth, underhand dealing, closeness, secretiveness, mystery, latency, snake in the grass, secret, stowaway, concealed, hidden, secret, recondite, mystic, cabalistic, occult, dark, cryptic, cryptical, private, privy, in petto, auricular, clandestine, close, inviolate, tortuous, behind a screen, undercover, under an eclipse, in ambush, in hiding, in disguise, in a cloud, in a fog, in a mist, in a haze, in a dark corner, in the shade, in the dark, clouded, wrapped in clouds, wrapt in clouds, invisible, buried, underground, perdu, secluded, undisclosed &c, untold, covert, untraceable, mysterious, irrevealable, inviolable, confidential, esoteric, not to be spoken of, unmentionable, obreptitious, furtive, stealthy, feline, skulking, surreptitious, underhand, hole and corner, sly, secretive, evasive, reserved, reticent, uncommunicative, buttoned up, close, close as wax, taciturn, secretly, in secret, in private, in one's sleeve, in holes and corners, in the dark, januis clausis, with closed doors, a huis clos, hugger mugger, a la derobee, under the cloak of, under the rose, under the table, sub rosa, en tapinois, in the background, aside, on the sly, with bated breath, sotto voce, in a whisper, without beat of drum, a la sourdine, behind the veil, beyond mortal ken, beyond the grave, beyond the veil, hid from mortal vision, into the eternal secret, into the realms supersensible, into the supreme mystery, in confidence, in strict confidence, in strictest confidence, confidentially, between ourselves, between you and me, between you and me and the bedpost, entre nous, inter nos, under the seal of secrecy, a couvert, underhand, by stealth, like a thief in the night, stealthily, behind the scenes, behind the curtain, behind one's back, behind a screen, incognito, in camera, it must go no further, it will go no further, don't tell a soul, tell it not in Gath, nobody the wiser, alitur vitium vivitque tegendo, let it be tenable in your silence still, background information, deep background information, deep background, background session, backgrounder, not for attribution.

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