noun ar·ri·ère–pen·sée \-päⁿ-ˈsā\

Definition of arrière–pensée

  1. :  mental reservation

Origin and Etymology of arrière–pensée

French, from arrière in back + pensée thought

First Known Use: circa 1617

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