from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Frankness of manner; candor.

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  • n. A lack or absence of reserve; frankness; freedom of communication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Absence of reverse; frankness; freedom of communication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Absence of reserve; frankness; freedom of communication.


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From un- +‎ reserve.


  • With the burden of that search upon him, it was not possible for such a nature as his to plunge with the unreserve which is the condition of success into any study which had no direct reference to it.

    Life of Father Hecker

  • The two women were soon on terms of perfect unreserve.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • As between the Rev. Henry Holyshade and his pupil, the idea of entire unreserve is utter bosh; so the truth as between you and Jeames or Thomas, or Mary the housemaid, or Betty the cook, is relative, and not to be demanded on one side or the other.

    Roundabout Papers

  • With a consciousness of having thus, like Antony, kissed away kingdoms and provinces, he next considered how he had revealed his higher secrets and intentions to her, an unreserve he would never have allowed himself with any man living.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • They saw him often, and to his other recommendations was now added that of general unreserve.

    Pride and Prejudice

  • Mr. Weston was a great favourite, and there was not a creature in the world to whom she spoke with such unreserve, as to his wife; not any one, to whom she related with such conviction of being listened to and understood, of being always interesting and always intelligible, the little affairs, arrangements, perplexities, and pleasures of her father and herself.


  • Harriet might think her cold or angry if she did; or perhaps if she were totally silent, it might only drive Harriet into asking her to hear too much; and against any thing like such an unreserve as had been, such an open and frequent discussion of hopes and chances, she was perfectly resolved. —


  • He certainly might have heard Mr. Elton speak with more unreserve than she had ever done, and Mr. Elton might not be of an imprudent, inconsiderate disposition as to money matters; he might naturally be rather attentive than otherwise to them; but then, Mr. Knightley did not make due allowance for the influence of a strong passion at war with all interested motives.


  • She should then have heard more: Mrs. Weston would speak to her, with a degree of unreserve which she would not hazard with Isabella; and, she really believed, would scarcely try to conceal any thing relative to the Churchills from her, excepting those views on the young man, of which her own imagination had already given her such instinctive knowledge.


  • When Goldsmith had recovered from the blow, he, with his usual unreserve, made his past distress a subject of amusement to his friends.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith


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