Definition of reservation
1 : an act of reserving something: such asa (1) : the act or fact of a grantor's reserving some newly created thing out of the thing granted (2) : the right or interest so reservedb : the setting of limiting conditions or withholding from complete exposition answered without reservationc : an arrangement to have something (such as a hotel room) held for one's use; also : a promise, guarantee, or record of such engagement
3 : something reserved: such asa : a tract of public land set aside (as for use by American Indians)b : an area in which hunting is not permitted; especially : one set aside as a secure breeding place
reservationistplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
Examples of reservation in a Sentence
We made dinner reservations at the restaurant for 6 o'clock.
I have a hotel reservation.
My only reservation about buying the car was its high price.
Recent Examples of reservation from the Web
Reservations accepted, and the Sunday brunch will be a ticketed service, prepaid via beachsidebrunch.com.
As far as logistics of moving people throughout Naperville's downtown goes, Hamik serves as the dispatcher receiving calls, texts and online reservations while sitting at a desk in his home.
One Republican senator, Dean Heller of Nevada, has come out against the bill because of its Medicaid cuts, and a number of other Republican senators have expressed serious reservations.
NASA welcomes the new commercial players, with some reservations.
The manager in charge of the waiting list one recent night — reservations aren’t taken — had on a guayabera embroidered with a Yankees logo.
Brisket dinner reservations must be made by June 18.
Special Father’s Day Brunch starting at 11:30 a.m.; entrée specials will also be available for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Advance reservations are necessary and may be made by calling (858) 487-9324 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by coming to the Ed Brown Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive, inside Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
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First Known Use of reservation
RESERVATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reservation for English Language Learners
: an arrangement to have something (such as a room, table, or seat) held for your use at a later time
: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about something
: an area of land in the U.S. that is kept separate as a place for Native Americans to live
RESERVATION Defined for Kids
Definition of reservation for Students
1 : an act of setting something aside for future use
2 : an arrangement to have something (as seating in a restaurant) held for someone's use
3 : something (as land) set aside for a special use a wildlife reservation
4 : an area of land set aside for American Indians to live
5 : something that limits I can't agree without reservations.
Legal Definition of reservation
1 : the act or an instance of reserving reservation of rights
2 : the creation by and for a grantor of a new right or interest (as an easement) in real property granted to another; also : the right or interest so created or the clause creating it in a deed — compare exception
3a : public land reserved for a special purpose (as conservation) b : a tract of land reserved for use by an American Indian tribe — see also Indian Removal Act of 1830 — compare Indian title at title
Additional Notes on reservation
The federal government has jurisdiction over certain serious felonies committed on American Indian reservations, and a member of a tribe is vested with the rights of an American citizen even if in a tribal court proceeding. Prior to the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, states could obtain civil and criminal jurisdiction over a reservation or other American Indian lands by legislative action, but that Act created the requirement that such jurisdiction be acquired with the consent of the tribe as manifest in an election among tribal adults. This requirement was not retroactive. Federal land claim settlement acts pertaining to particular states have included statutes expressly assigning civil and criminal jurisdiction to the states involved.
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