What does reservation mean?

Definitions for reservation
ˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃənreser·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reservation, reserve(noun)

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

  2. reservation, qualification(noun)

    a statement that limits or restricts some claim

    "he recommended her without any reservations"

  3. mental reservation, reservation, arriere pensee(noun)

    an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly

  4. booking, reservation(noun)

    the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)

    "wondered who had made the booking"

  5. reservation(noun)

    the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance

  6. reservation(noun)

    something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)

  7. reservation(noun)

    the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion


  1. Reservation(n.)

    an agreement to have some space, service or other acommodation, as at a hotel, a restaurant, or on a public transport system, held for one's future use; also, the record or receipt for such an agreement, or the contractual obligation to retain that accommodation; as, a hotel reservation; a reservation on a flight to Dallas; to book a reservation at the Ritz.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. rservation, LL. reservatio. See Reserve.]


  1. reservation(Noun)

    The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.

  2. reservation(Noun)

    Something that is withheld or kept back.

  3. reservation(Noun)

    A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).

    I have reservations about your intentions.

  4. reservation(Noun)

    A tract of land set apart by the US government for the use of a Native American people; Indian reservation (compare Canadian reserve).

  5. reservation(Noun)

    An arrangement by which accommodation or transport arrangements are secured in advance.

  6. reservation(Noun)

    the area which separates opposing lanes of traffic on a divided motorway.

  7. Origin: From reservation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reservation(noun)

    the act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve

  2. Reservation(noun)

    something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward

  3. Reservation(noun)

    a tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc

  4. Reservation(noun)

    the state of being reserved, or kept in store

  5. Reservation(noun)

    a clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before

  6. Reservation(noun)

    a proviso

  7. Reservation(noun)

    the portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick

  8. Reservation(noun)

    a term of canon law, which signifies that the pope reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices

  9. Origin: [Cf. F. rservation, LL. reservatio. See Reserve.]


  1. Reservation

    A reservation in international law is a caveat to a state's acceptance of a treaty. A reservation is defined by the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties as: a unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in their application to that State. In effect, a reservation allows the state to be a party to the treaty, while excluding the legal effect of that specific provision in the treaty to which it objects. States can not take reservations after they have accepted the treaty; a reservation must be made at the time that the treaty affects the State. The Vienna Convention did not create the concept of reservations but codified existing customary law. Thus even States that have not formally acceded to the Vienna Convention act as if they had. As reservations are defined under the Vienna Convention and interpretative declarations are not, the two are sometimes difficult to discern from each other. Unlike a reservation, a declaration is not meant to affect the State's legal obligations but is attached to State's consent to a treaty to explain or interpret what the State deems unclear.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reservation' in Nouns Frequency: #2144

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reservation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reservation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reservation in a Sentence

  1. D. Elton Trueblood:

    Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

  2. Javier Chavarria:

    Now I have to call two or three hotels before getting a reservation.

  3. Waiter Rant, Waiter Rant weblog, 09-07-05:

    The inability to secure a reservation drives yuppies absolutely crazy.

  4. M.K. Ataturk:

    Authority, without any condition and reservation, belongs to the nation.

  5. Festus Mogae:

    The SPLM-IO accepted the proposal but the government gave their reservation.

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  • حجزArabic
  • výhradaCzech
  • Reservierung, Bedenken, ReservatGerman
  • κράτηση, επιφύλαξη, διαχωριστικόGreek
  • reservación, reservaSpanish
  • varaus, keskikaista, varaaminen, reservaattiFinnish
  • réserveFrench
  • आरक्षणHindi
  • prenotazioneItalian
  • 保留, 居留地, 予約Japanese
  • 예약Korean
  • reservatieDutch
  • reservaPortuguese
  • брони́рование, резерви́рование, оставле́ние, сохране́ние, резерва́цияRussian
  • rezervacija, rezervatSlovene
  • mittremsa, reservatSwedish
  • ஒதுக்கீடுTamil
  • రిజర్వేషన్Telugu
  • rezervasyon, yer ayırtmaTurkish

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