Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being reserved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being reserved; closeness; lack of frankness, openness, or freedom.

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Examples

  • However, I have been instrumental of con - veying deliverance to many such, and I know you feel your need of deliverance also; and your reservedness is a bar to keep you in your present strong-hold, and this conscience has often told you.

    Gleanings of the Vintage, Or Letters to the Spiritual Edification of the ...

  • And this – this emotional reservedness, this clamming up – has never been more true for me than it has been during this first half-year of motherhood.

    How To Lose a Friend in 10 Months | Her Bad Mother

  • I must say I love you; and have put on a behaviour to you, that was much against my heart, in hopes to frighten you from your reservedness.

    Pamela

  • He said, I will lay down one rule for you, my Pamela, to observe in your dress; and I will tell you every thing I like or dislike, as it occurs to me: and I would have you do the same, on your part; that nothing may be upon either of our minds that may occasion the least reservedness.

    Pamela

  • The issue, as I said, shewed what the errand was — Its fusty appearance, after the old fusty fellow was marched off, [you must excuse me, my dear,] was in a kind of gloomy, Harlowe-like reservedness in my mother; which upon a few resenting flirts of mine, was followed by a rigorous prohibition of correspondence.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And this - this emotional reservedness, this clamming up - has never been more true for me than it has been during this first half-year of motherhood.

    How To Lose a Friend in 10 Months

  • By the end of Emma, class reading emerges as a reliable anchor to sentimental reading, one that secures signifiers of feeling to their correct signifieds and allows Emma to make sense of Mr. Elton's effusions, Mrs. Elton's aggressiveness, Miss Bates's agreeableness, Jane Fairfax's reservedness, and even Mr. Knightley's watchful benevolence.

    Unanswerable Gallantry and Thick-Headed Nonsense: Rereading Box Hill

  • Now, as he marched up the street, the townsfolk came out at every door to see, and could not but be taken with his person and the glory thereof, but wondered at the reservedness of his countenance; for as yet he spake more to them by his actions and works than he did by words or smiles.

    The Holy War

  • With splayed fingers, he massaged his forehead as he pondered the rare beauty whose reservedness constantly tormented him.

    Almost a Whisper

  • Add hereunto the thoughts of some, that secular grandeur and outward pomp, with a distance and reservedness from the conversation of ordinary men, are necessary in ecclesiastics, to raise and preserve that popular veneration which they suppose to be their due.

    A Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

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