mental reservation


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mental reservation

n
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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Noun1.mental reservation - an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedlymental reservation - an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
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mental reservation

n(stille) Bedenken pl, → Vorbehalte pl
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Fyne with an air, however, of making some mental reservation which I did not pause to investigate.
She seemed ready to listen without mental reservation, with- out suspicion, without a thought for herself.
I take the official oath today with no mental reservations, and with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules.
Mental reservations and artful mysteries grew out of these things.
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; so help me God.
A strict mental reservation is used when the actual meaning of the utterance can in no way be inferred from the external circumstances, e.
Averring to Franciscan thinking, the Catholic hierarchy maintained so-called mental reservation during investigations of allegations of child abuse.

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