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    emotional reservation

    Hi, can someone please tell me whether it is correct to use the term 'emotional reservation' to imply refraint from expressing emotions?

    Thanks.

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    Re: emotional reservation

    Can you use it in a complete sentence to give us a better idea of what you mean?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: emotional reservation

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you use it in a complete sentence to give us a better idea of what you mean?

    "Because of her typical emotional reservation it was difficult to tell whether she looked forward to his visit or not."

    Does this help? The term is meant to refer to individuals whose emotional state at any given time tends to be difficult to read or decipher.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: emotional reservation

    I would understand what it meant in that context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: emotional reservation

    You could use reserved emotionally.

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    Re: emotional reservation

    Quote Originally Posted by Noot View Post
    Hi, can someone please tell me whether it is correct to use the term 'emotional reservation' to imply refraint from expressing emotions?

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    I guess that's a neologism from 'refrain' and 'restraint'. I can't find it in dictionaries, but I'd accept it as a new word.

    Here's another opinion:
    http://musingsaorb.blogspot.com.au/2...-refraint.html

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    Re: emotional reservation

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I guess that's a neologism from 'refrain' and 'restraint'. I can't find it in dictionaries, but I'd accept it as a new word.

    Here's another opinion:
    http://musingsaorb.blogspot.com.au/2...-refraint.html
    Thanks for the comments and the link to the inspiring musings on the non-existent but useful word 'refraint'. I have also wondered why I never found it in the dictionary, yet catch myself (and others) using it often.

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    #8

    Re: emotional reservation

    I think it's a good word.

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    #9

    Re: emotional reservation

    For me, it's not a word at all.

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