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[kuh-mit-l] /kəˈmɪt l/
an act or instance of committing; commitment.
1615-25; commit + -al2
Related forms
self-committal, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The coffins were brought to the open plaza for the committal service.
  • We recommend expensive baskets and living plants be taken home following the committal service.
  • committal shelters are for services only, no loitering.
  • For safety reasons, these services are held in committal shelters located away from the gravesite.
  • Burial will take place following the committal service.
  • The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend non-committal orientation session.
  • committal services will be held in the chapel or at a committal shelter on the cemetery grounds.
  • The new mausoleum includes an indoor chapel that affords families a convenient location to hold committal services.
  • To provide privacy and protection from the elements for the bereaved, a chapel is provided for committal ceremonies.
  • Initial operations will be conducted utilizing a temporary office, committal service shelter and equipment shed.
Word Origin and History for committal

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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