reservation

[rez-er-vey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.
2.
the act of making an exception or qualification.
3.
an exception or qualification made expressly or tacitly: to accept something, but with inner reservations.
4.
a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe.
5.
an arrangement to secure accommodations at a restaurant or hotel, on a boat or plane, etc.
6.
the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement: Sorry, the hotel has no reservation under that name.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English reservacioun < Middle French reservation, equivalent to reserv(er) to reserve + -ation -ation

nonreservation, noun
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reservation (ˌrɛzəˈveɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of reserving
2.  something reserved, esp hotel accommodation, a seat on an aeroplane, in a theatre, etc
3.  (often plural) a stated or unstated qualification of opinion that prevents one's wholehearted acceptance of a proposal, claim, statement, etc
4.  an area of land set aside, esp (in the US) for American Indian peoples
5.  (Brit) the strip of land between the two carriageways of a dual carriageway
6.  the act or process of keeping back, esp for oneself; withholding
7.  law a right or interest retained by the grantor in property granted, conveyed, leased, etc, to another: a reservation of rent

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reservation
c.1380, "act of reserving," from M.Fr. reservation, from L.L. reservationem (nom. reservatio), from L. reservatus, pp. of reservare (see reserve). U.S. Indian tribe sense is recorded from 1789, originally in ref. to the Six Nations in New York State. Meaning "act or fact
of engaging a room, a seat, etc." is from 1904, originally Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
The reservations placed upon our adherence should not be misinterpreted.
Space is limited and reservations are required for these screenings.
And yet, this cultural unifier is also blamed for contributing to high levels
  of diabetes and obesity on reservations.
Their friends had reservations about the relationship.
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