Definition of reservation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrezərˈvāSH(ə)n/


1The action of reserving something: the reservation of positions for non-Americans
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  • Basically, my question is, what were the sections that were engaged in relation to reservation?
  • Strengthening its usual features, it contains details of passenger amenities, reservation and refund rules, and the list of tourist trains in a lucid and easy to understand manner.
  • Among the facets discussed are the imperatives and challenges facing rural women, the merits of reservation (for women) and the need for social action by women.
1.1An arrangement whereby something, especially a seat or room, is booked or reserved for a particular person: do you have a reservation?
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  • Through well placed remuneration, I arranged a dinner reservation and accommodations as near to them as security allowed.
  • She and the girls walked towards the counter where a barmaid stood to take orders or to place reservations for rooms.
  • Consider confirming last-minute room reservations directly with the hotel, to make sure your reservation is in the system.
booking, ordering, securing
1.2An area of land set aside for occupation by North American Indians or Australian Aborigines.
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  • Normally, outsiders would not be allowed to occupy traditional land on an Indian reservation.
  • In the last year, the mobile lab was also driven to three of the four American Indian reservations in North Dakota.
  • In 1854, the ‘Great White Chief’ in Washington made an offer for a large area of Indian land and promised a reservation for the Indian people.
1.3 Law A right or interest retained in an estate being conveyed.
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  • This section starts with a description of the international law criteria for assessing the validity of reservations.
  • Not that there was in fact, as a matter of property law, a reservation, but that what had occurred was equivalent to that - that there was, in substance, not a sale and transfer of the sand.
  • Compliance with the reservation also constituted a covenant under the lease.
1.4(In the Roman Catholic Church) the practice of retaining a portion of the consecrated elements after mass for communion of the sick or as a focus for devotion.
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  • It would seem, therefore that, in the absence at least of any objection from his Ordinary, a Parish Priest might content himself with the fact that the whole House of Bishops has recognized reservation for the sick as permissible under the laws of this Church.
  • She argues that Cranmer and the later revisers of the Book of Common Prayer did not abolish reservation for communion with the sick.
  • The bishop managed to secure small majorities on the propositions that he should allow reservation for the sick.
2A qualification to an expression of agreement or approval; a doubt: some generals voiced reservations about making air strikes
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  • But here are some medically qualified folk expressing similar reservations.
  • And nearly one in five scientists felt pressure to approve or recommend approval, despite reservations about the safety or quality of a drug.
  • But although people living nearby hailed the huge investment as long overdue, they have deep reservations about the plans for the new school to be built a few hundred metres from the old one.
doubts, qualms, scruples;
misgivings, skepticism, unease, hesitation, objection
3(In the Roman Catholic Church) the action of a superior of reserving to himself the power of absolution.
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  • Jurisdiction and the reservation of absolution of particularly serious sins for pedagogical reasons are defended later.
3.1A right reserved to the Pope of nomination to a vacant benefice.
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  • From the eleventh century, extraordinary collations by the pope became more and more common, usually taking the form of mandata de providendo, literœ expectativœ, and reservations.
  • The third ground of reservation is connected with the manner in which a benefice has become vacant.
  • Reservations, instead of being the exception, became very general, and, as a result, the eyes of all ambitious clerics were turned towards Rome from which they hoped to receive promotion, whether their immediate superiors deemed them worthy or unworthy.


Late Middle English (denoting the pope's right of nomination to a benefice): from Old French, or from late Latin reservatio(n-), from reservare 'keep back' (see reserve).

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Syllabification: res·er·va·tion

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