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noncommittal

[non-kuh-mit-l]
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adjective
  1. not committing oneself, or not involving committal, to a particular view, course, or the like: The senator gave us a noncommittal answer.
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Origin of noncommittal

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; non- + committal
Related formsnon·com·mit·tal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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indefinite, vague, equivocal, evasive, guarded.
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Examples from the Web for noncommittal

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  • "Well, it's a nice town," said Mason, with a noncommittal air.

  • I mean to say, as food it was noncommittal; it failed to intrigue.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • To this direct question the lawyer returned a noncommittal answer.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • His letters were noncommittal; but Bobby says he has had his own fair share of honors.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Dane was noncommittal; but I think he doesn't like Lorimer any too well.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray


British Dictionary definitions for noncommittal

noncommittal

adjective
  1. not involving or revealing commitment to any particular opinion or course of actiona noncommittal reply
  2. rare having no outstanding quality, meaning, etc
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