noncommitment

noun non·com·mit·ment \ ˌnän-kə-ˈmit-mənt \

Definition of noncommitment

plural noncommitments
1 : lack of commitment or a failure or refusal to commit to someone or something
  • … doesn't excuse random instances of noncommitment in a long-term relationship.
  • —Bridgette Williams
  • " … to not link aid with a human rights policy—sends a signal around the world of our noncommitment to fairness."
  • —Jesse Jackson
  • Scheduling conflicts seem to be a surprisingly common excuse for missing an event that was announced a year and a half ago. Others offered mushy noncommitments [=noncommittal responses].
  • —Jeremy W. Peters
2 : a failure or refusal to commit something or someone
  • the government's noncommitment of troops in the region

First Known Use of noncommitment

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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