What does reservation mean?

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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.

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


  1. reservation(Noun)

    The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.

    Etymology: From reservation.

  2. reservation(Noun)

    Something that is withheld or kept back.

    Etymology: From reservation.

  3. reservation(Noun)

    A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).

    I have reservations about your intentions.

    Etymology: From reservation.

  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).

    Etymology: From reservation.

  5. reservation(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From reservation.

  6. reservation(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From reservation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reservation(noun)

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

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

  2. Reservation(noun)

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

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

  3. Reservation(noun)

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

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

  4. Reservation(noun)

    the state of being reserved, or kept in store

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

  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

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

  6. Reservation(noun)

    a proviso

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

  7. Reservation(noun)

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

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

  8. Reservation(noun)

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

    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. Gen. Peyton C. March:

    Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly bigger man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.

  2. Yvette Monet:

    Resort fees are plainly stated on our hotel reservations websites, prior to a guest making a reservation, information about the fees is also stated by our reservation agents when a guest makes a reservation over the telephone.

  3. Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell:

    The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given "disease." The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.

  4. Javier Chavarria:

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

  5. 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.

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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
  • بکنگUrdu

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