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RESERVA'TION, noun s as z. [Latin reservo.]

1. The act of reserving or keeping back or in the mind; reserve; concealment or withholding from disclosure; as mental reservation

2. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward.

With reservation of a hundred knights.

In the United States, a tract of land not sold with the rest, is called a reservation

3. Custody; state of being treasured up or kept in store.

4. In law, a clause or part of an instrument by which something is reserved, not conceded or granted; also, a proviso.

Mental reservation is the withholding of expression or disclosure of something that affects a proposition or statement, and which if disclosed, would materially vary its import.

Mental reservations are the refuge of hypocrites.