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[non-kuh-mit-l] /ˌnɒn kəˈmɪt l/
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
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; non- + committal
Related forms
noncommittally, adverb
indefinite, vague, equivocal, evasive, guarded. Unabridged
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  • Commonly, as a chief Hanway manager, he lay as blandly close and noncommittal as a clam.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "Well, it's a nice town," said Mason, with a noncommittal air.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • "This is war, and men do things that they'd not do in the ordinary way," was the noncommittal answer of the Engineer.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • To this direct question the lawyer returned a noncommittal answer.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • All of this he accepted with noncommittal and rather contemptuous tolerance.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • His letters were noncommittal; but Bobby says he has had his own fair share of honors.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • His face was as blank, as noncommittal as a bronze bust; I could neither detect affirmation nor negation in it.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for noncommittal


not involving or revealing commitment to any particular opinion or course of action: a noncommittal reply
(rare) having no outstanding quality, meaning, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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