mental reservation


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Synonyms for mental reservation

an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly

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In Roger Cornish's "Mental Reservation," two friends question what it really means to tell the truth.
I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; so help me God.
The broad mental reservation "is had if the real meaning of the expression can be inferred either from the circumstances of the question or the answer, or from the customary usage, even if, as a matter of fact, such inference is not actually made; such as the conventional polite phrases, e.g., "the mistress is not at home" meaning "not at home to receive visitors"' (Moral Theology, page 249).
Averring to Franciscan thinking, the Catholic hierarchy maintained so-called mental reservation during investigations of allegations of child abuse.
Other prelates invoked the concept of "mental reservation" to justify the abuse cover-up.
--Retired Dublin Cardinal Desmond Connell, defending His Lying in the Irish clergy sex abuse scandals by invoking the concept of "mental reservation" (Catholic News Service, Dec 1)
Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
I [name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
Yet the oath says that the signer "take(s) this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion." So there's something of a "Catch-22" situation here: Don't sign the oath and you could lose your job.
Sixth, Islamists are adept at double-talk, deception and disinformation which have theological sanction in the form of the doctrine of "mental reservation".
And I do further swear (or affirm) that, to the best of my knowledge and ability, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on whic h I am about to enter, so help me God.
"I agree with them," Ragan says, "but with the mental reservation, 'wait till a downturn, wait till the directive comes down from on high to cut subscription expenses.'"
Is he testifying to some form of mental reservation? "I don't have to reveal my conscience," he complains; but when pressed, he replies, "It's possible to have a conscious split state."
While the courage of individual priests and their skill at combining culture with religion is freely admitted, the Order has also bequeathed to the English language an adjective jesuitical, defined by the OED as `equivocation or mental reservation of the truth'.
While Miss Bartlett enjoys the cozy comforts of living with Miss Roscommon, she always keeps a mental reservation that this relationship is temporary.
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