[kuh-mit-muh nt]


Also committal (for defs 1, 3–11).

Origin of commitment

First recorded in 1605–15; commit + -ment
Related formsnon·com·mit·ment, nounpre·com·mit·ment, adjectiveself-com·mit·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commitments



the act of committing or pledging
the state of being committed or pledged
an obligation, promise, etc that restricts one's freedom of action
the referral of a bill to a committee or legislature
Also called (esp formerly): mittimus law a written order of a court directing that a person be imprisoned
the official consignment of a person to a mental hospital or prison
commission or perpetration, esp of a crime
a future financial obligation or contingent liability
Also called (esp for senses 5, 6): committal (kəˈmɪtəl)
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Word Origin and History for commitments



1610s, "action of officially consigning to the custody of the state," from commit + -ment. (Anglo-French had commettement.) Meaning "the committing of oneself, pledge, promise" is attested from 1793; hence, "an obligation, an engagement" (1864).

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