mental reservation
The internal act of adding a qualification to, or exploiting an ambiguity in one's words, or privately vowing that one does not mean what one is saying, like children keeping their fingers crossed in order to nullify a promise they are making. Some casuists argued, unconvincingly, that the private addition of such a reservation may make permissible what would otherwise seem to be a lie. Hume made the stout Scottish response that it might do when it came to questions of salvation, but it would not be allowed in affairs of business.

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  • mental reservation — n. a qualification (of a statement) that one makes to oneself but does not express …   English World dictionary

  • mental reservation — noun an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly • Syn: ↑reservation, ↑arriere pensee • Hypernyms: ↑doubt, ↑uncertainty, ↑incertitude, ↑dubiety, ↑doubtfulness, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • mental reservation — A silent exception to the general words of a promise or agreement not expressed, on account of a general understanding on the subject. But the word has been applied to an exception existing in the mind of the one party only, and has been degraded …   Black's law dictionary

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  • mental reservation — The secret understanding of a party to a contract concerning the meaning of the agreement. 17 Am J2d Contr § 248 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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