non·​com·​mit·​ment ˌnän-kə-ˈmit-mənt How to pronounce noncommitment (audio)
plural noncommitments
: 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
: a failure or refusal to commit something or someone
the government's noncommitment of troops in the region

Keep scrolling for more

Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncommitment was in 1836

Dictionary Entries Near noncommitment

Cite this Entry

“Noncommitment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

Keep scrolling for more

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.