- the act of committing.
- the state of being committed.
- the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
- a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
- engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
- perpetration or commission, as of a crime.
- consignment, as to prison.
- confinement to a mental institution or hospital: The psychiatrist recommended commitment.
- an order, as by a court or judge, confining a person to a mental institution or hospital.
- Law. a written order of a court directing that someone be confined in prison; mittimus.
- Parliamentary Procedure. the act of referring or entrusting to a committee for consideration.
- Stock Exchange.
- an agreement to buy or sell securities.
- a sale or purchase of securities.
Also committal (for defs 1, 3–11).
Origin of commitment
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- 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 precommitment
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