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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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  • "Maybe," replied Berwick noncommittally, with a slight shrug of his shoulders.

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    Wyn Roosevelt
  • "Everything about us is wonderful," the Belphin said noncommittally.

    The Blue Tower Evelyn E. Smith
  • "O, a little of everything," said the Codfish noncommittally.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • Dixon got him with a phosphorus bomb, Reinhart said noncommittally.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • "I have nothing whatever to say," he remarked, noncommittally.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • "We found it very interesting," Tom said politely but noncommittally.

  • "You never can tell, Corbett," answered Connel noncommittally.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • "Perhaps she is, and perhaps she isn't," said Foley, noncommittally.

    Jack's Ward

    Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "Well, at least that's something," she said, noncommittally.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He did not speak for a moment; then curtly, noncommittally, "What do you mean?"

    The Lamp in the Desert

    Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for noncommittally


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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