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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Well, it's a nice town," said Mason, with a noncommittal air.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • I mean to say, as food it was noncommittal; it failed to intrigue.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • To this direct question the lawyer returned a noncommittal answer.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His letters were noncommittal; but Bobby says he has had his own fair share of honors.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Dane was noncommittal; but I think he doesn't like Lorimer any too well.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • “Maybe I be,” he answered her question with noncommittal grimness.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • The owlish glasses focused with noncommittal stoicism in its direction.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
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
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