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noncommittal

[non-kuh-mit-l] /ˌnɒn kəˈmɪt l/
adjective
1.
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
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; non- + committal
Related forms
noncommittally, adverb
Synonyms
indefinite, vague, equivocal, evasive, guarded.
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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

noncommittal

/ˌnɒnkəˈmɪtəl/
adjective
1.
not involving or revealing commitment to any particular opinion or course of action: a noncommittal reply
2.
(rare) having no outstanding quality, meaning, etc
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