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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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But Pierre believed it without any mental reservation. The absence of suffering, the satisfaction of one's needs and consequent freedom in the choice of one's occupation, that is, of one's way of life, now seemed to Pierre to be indubitably man's highest happiness.
Fyne with an air, however, of making some mental reservation which I did not pause to investigate.
He is writing a history of The Princesses of France Who Never Married." This was said by Bellegarde with extreme gravity, looking straight at Newman, and with an eye that betokened no mental reservation; or that, at least, almost betokened none.
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.
Indeed, seeking God's help can go a long way in fulfilling the solemn oath of the public servant who declares "to uphold and defend the Constitution; that he will bear true faith and allegiance to it; obey the laws, legal orders and decrees promulgated by the duly constituted authorities; will well and faithfully discharge to the best of his ability the duties of the office or position upon which he is about to enter; and that he voluntarily assumes the obligation imposed by his oath of office, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion."
"To recapitulate, by declaring in his certificate of candidacy that he is a Filipino citizen that he is not a permanent resident or immigrant of another country that he will defend and support the Constitution of the Philippines and bear true faith and allegiance thereto and that he does so without mental reservation, private respondent has, as far as the laws of this country are concerned, effectively repudiated his American citizenship and anything which he may have said before as a dual citizen," the Supreme Court ruling read.
'As secretary of Foreign Affairs, we all agree that he [Locsin] will bring his own brand of diplomacy, one that represents the true value of an independent foreign policy enshrined in our Constitution,' the senator said, adding: 'I dare say this without mental reservation. If he pulls off and succeeds in the present endeavors which he is currently occupied with, with nary a constitutional challenge but that would catapult the Philippines into the league of rich, influential and economically powerful nations, we may now be confirming a future President of the Republic of the Philippines.'
Of all the words in our sacred oath, perhaps the most important are "we take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion." You did not have to take on this responsibility, and no doubt, there were a few nights when you and Jay looked out of your residence at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and questioned why you would leave your dream job to go back into government service.
"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.
Sadly the homesick maidens eyed the feather bed, with mental reservation. "Here I will not lay my head." Then up rose the fair young boatman, who had been our faithful guide, pointed out the hotel near us where he thought we might abide.

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