com·​mit·​tal | \ kə-ˈmi-tᵊl How to pronounce committal (audio) \

Definition of committal

Examples of committal in a Sentence

a funeral service, followed by committal in the family plot She argued against the committal of the defendant to a mental hospital.
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First Known Use of committal

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for committal

commit + -al entry 2

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“Committal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of committal

: the act of burying someone's body in a grave
: the act or process of ordering someone to be put in a prison or a mental hospital


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