withholdment

withholdment

(wɪðˈhəʊldmənt)
n
the act of withholding
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What the betrays, he realizes, is not Jack Burden in any direct sense but rather "an idea of mine which had had more importance for me than I had ever realized."(23) This idea is akin to the one that prompted Anne's "withholdments and hesitations" during their initial courtship, "the fears which the leaning, sibilant, sour-breathed old dough-faces of conventional society had whispered into her ear like fairy god-mothers while she lay in her cradle."(24) The idea is, simply enough, a traditional notion of virtue.