Word of the Day: Reservation


res-er-va-tion / rĕz-ər--shən


1. an agreement made in advance to hold a place for someone

Have your name put in the Lamb’s Book of Life in Heaven so you’ll be sure you’ve got your reservation confirmed for one of those mansions in God’s golden Space City!

David Berg, 1919 – 1994

2. hesitation; qualm; doubt

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

Andrew Jackson, 1767 – 1845

3. land the government sets aside for a special purpose

General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit, that he would give my people 30 days to go back home, collect all their stock, and move onto the reservation.

Chief Joseph, 1841 – 1904

4. the act of keeping something back; a withholding

Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.

Alexander Hamilton, 1757 – 1804

5. a condition; something that must be complied with; an exception

We want the full works of citizenship with no reservations.

A. Philip Randolph, 1889 – 1979