What does reservation mean?

Definitions for reservation
ˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃənreser·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reservation, reservenoun

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

  2. reservation, qualificationnoun

    a statement that limits or restricts some claim

    "he recommended her without any reservations"

  3. mental reservation, reservation, arriere penseenoun

    an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly

  4. booking, reservationnoun

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

    "wondered who had made the booking"

  5. reservationnoun

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

  6. reservationnoun

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

  7. reservationnoun

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


  1. Reservationnoun

    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.


  1. reservationnoun

    The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.

  2. reservationnoun

    Something that is withheld or kept back.

  3. reservationnoun

    A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).

    I have reservations about your intentions.

  4. reservationnoun

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

  5. reservationnoun

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

  6. reservationnoun

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

  7. Etymology: From reservation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reservationnoun

    Etymology: reservation, Fr.

    Nor had I any reservations in my own soul, when I passed that bill, nor repentings after. Charles I .

    We swear with Jesuitical equivocations and mental reservations. Robert Sanderson, against the Covenant.

    Ourself by monthly course,
    With reservation of an hundred knights,
    By you to be sustain’d, shall our abode
    Make with you by due turns. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    This is academical reservation in matters of easy truth, or rather sceptical infidelity against the evidence of reason. Bro.

    These opinions Steele and his faction are endeavouring to propagate among the people concerning the present ministry; with what reservation to the honour of the queen, I cannot determine. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    He will’d me,
    In heedful’st reservation, to bestow them
    As notes, whose faculties inclusive were,
    More than they of note. William Shakespeare.


  1. reservation

    A reservation is a prearrangement to secure a service, item, place, or space in advance, usually for a specific date and time. This can involve booking a hotel room, renting a car, securing a table at a restaurant or even ensuring a seat on a flight. Reservation may also refer to an area of land set aside for a specific use or group, such as an Indigenous reservation. Reservations can be crucial in spoken or written agreements, denoting a specified limitation or exception to the agreement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reservationnoun

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

  2. Reservationnoun

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

  3. Reservationnoun

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

  4. Reservationnoun

    the state of being reserved, or kept in store

  5. Reservationnoun

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

  6. Reservationnoun

    a proviso

  7. Reservationnoun

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

  8. Reservationnoun

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

  9. Etymology: [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. Tom Daschle:

    I think it would be great if he could visit an Indian reservation. We have nine of them. I think he'd get a warm welcome, to say the least.

  2. Dick Cheney:

    I worked for someone I respected and liked without reservation. He's a man of great strength and also gentleness, there is none I prize more than to have my name alongside George W. Bush.

  3. Robert Rector:

    Essentially it says we will let the illegals come in and take all of the jobs and then we’ll put American workers onto a kind of welfare reservation where they can live out their lives on that reservation.

  4. Frankie Myers:

    Right now, the Klamath River is full of dead and dying fish on the Yurok Reservation, this disease will kill most of the baby salmon in the Klamath, which will impact fish runs for many years to come. For salmon people, a juvenile fish kill is an absolute worst-case scenario.

  5. Annita Lucchesi:

    That kind of narrative about Indigenous people just lends itself to more violence so that when this violence does happen, it's not a disruption of the social fabric the way it would be when it happens to somebody else, because we're already perceived as not part of the social fabric, because we're either dead and disappeared. We're less than human. We're so far away on some remote reservation that we're not part of the rest of the community.

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  • حجزArabic
  • výhradaCzech
  • Bedenken, Reservat, ReservierungGerman
  • κράτηση, επιφύλαξη, διαχωριστικόGreek
  • reservación, reservaSpanish
  • varaaminen, reservaatti, keskikaista, varausFinnish
  • réserveFrench
  • आरक्षणHindi
  • prenotazioneItalian
  • 居留地, 予約, 保留Japanese
  • 예약Korean
  • reservatieDutch
  • reservaPortuguese
  • оставле́ние, сохране́ние, резерви́рование, резерва́ция, брони́рованиеRussian
  • rezervat, rezervacijaSlovene
  • mittremsa, reservatSwedish
  • ஒதுக்கீடுTamil
  • రిజర్వేషన్Telugu
  • rezervasyon, yer ayırtmaTurkish
  • بکنگUrdu

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