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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. 2017.
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  • "There doesn't seem to be much work to do in Wyncombe," answered Chester, noncommittally.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • "Maybe," replied Berwick noncommittally, with a slight shrug of his shoulders.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
  • "Oh, Tom Swift usually has a good reason for everything he does," smiled Ned noncommittally.

  • "O, a little of everything," said the Codfish noncommittally.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • "Well, at least that's something," she said, noncommittally.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Dixon got him with a phosphorus bomb, Reinhart said noncommittally.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • "Because of a dream I dreamed, when I was sick," I said noncommittally.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • "I have nothing whatever to say," he remarked, noncommittally.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • "You never can tell, Corbett," answered Connel noncommittally.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • "We found it very interesting," Tom said politely but noncommittally.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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