[ kuh-mit-muh nt ]
/ kəˈmɪt mənt /
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.
- an agreement to buy or sell securities.
- a sale or purchase of securities.
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Also committal (for defs 1, 3–11).
Related formsnon·com·mit·ment, nounpre·com·mit·ment, adjectiveself-com·mit·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-commitment
/ (kəˈmɪtmənt) /
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 self-commitment
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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