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  1. an act or instance of committing; commitment.
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Origin of committal

First recorded in 1615–25; commit + -al2
Related formsself-com·mit·tal, noun
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Related Words for committal

precondition, requisite, prerequisite, use, right, wish, commitment, demand, obligation, urgency, duty, accountability, requirement, necessity, constraint, understanding, contract, agreement, liability, trust

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Historical Examples of committal

  • There is the restful prayer of committal to which the immediate answer is peace.

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    Amy Carmichael

  • The assizes were to take place only a fortnight after the date of Reuben's committal.

  • The committal was read out, and Bernard Maddison was removed from the court.

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    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • How then can we be held in blame for the committal of even some desperate acts?

  • Accordingly, the speaker issued a warrant for his committal to the Tower.

Word Origin and History for committal


1620s, from commit + -al (2). As an adjective, attested from 1884, apparently a back-formation from non-committal.

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