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[non-kuh-mit-l] /ˌnɒn kəˈmɪt l/
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
1820-30, Americanism; non- + committal
Related forms
noncommittally, adverb
indefinite, vague, equivocal, evasive, guarded. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for noncommittal
  • It ranged from unalloyed joy to cautious, almost noncommittal comment.
  • But the organ would probably cost several million dollars to rehabilitate, and the university has remained noncommittal.
  • See, up until last night, my feelings towards football were rather noncommittal.
  • The local weather forecaster was noncommittal on the question of temperature last night.
  • But unlike their social realism, his expression is gentlemanly and noncommittal.
  • They were trained to set aside their feelings, groomed to spout clipped, noncommittal responses in public.
  • Representatives of political action committees have by and large remained noncommittal.
  • Repeated requests for an interview were met with a noncommittal response.
  • And when the lyrics aren't oblique, they are coated with slippery, noncommittal irony.
  • They were noncommittal, saying only to keep watching.
British Dictionary definitions for noncommittal


not involving or revealing commitment to any particular opinion or course of action: a noncommittal reply
(rare) having no outstanding quality, meaning, etc
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