non·​com·​mit·​ment | \ ˌnän-kə-ˈmit-mənt How to pronounce noncommitment (audio) \
plural noncommitments

Definition of noncommitment

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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“Noncommitment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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