[ non-kuh-mit-l ]
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  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

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; non- + committal

Other words for noncommittal

Other words from noncommittal

  • non·com·mit·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use noncommittal in a sentence

  • He slept off his intoxication and did not get up until he was quite himself again, cool and non-committal.

    Southern Hearts | Florence Hull Winterburn
  • "There ain't nothing the matter with her, as I know by," answered Mr. George once more, in a non-committal tone.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for noncommittal


/ (ˌnɒnkəˈmɪtəl) /

  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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