- not committing oneself, or not involving committal, to a particular view, course, or the like: The senator gave us a noncommittal answer.
Origin of noncommittal
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indefinite, vague, equivocal, evasive, guarded.
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Examples from the Web for non-committal
According to the Taliban source, the Afghan was non-committal.Al Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri on Alert
April 28, 2012
The other seemed to be judging him in a non-committal sort of way.White Fang
"I suppose the captain is obliged to be non-committal," I observed.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Most men want to marry her," was the father's non-committal response.The Market-Place
"I just didn't want them about," was the prisoner's non-committal answer.
Mr. Mix smiled again, and hoped that his expression was taken to be non-committal.Rope
- not involving or revealing commitment to any particular opinion or course of actiona noncommittal reply
- rare having no outstanding quality, meaning, etc
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Word Origin and History for non-committal
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