non·​com·​mit·​tal | \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-tᵊl \

Definition of noncommittal 

1 : giving no clear indication of attitude or feeling a noncommittal reply He was noncommittal about how the money would be spent.

2 : having no clear or distinctive character a noncommittal word which might be used of anything from babies to furnaces— J. C. Swaim

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Other Words from noncommittal

noncommittally \ˌnän-​kə-​ˈmi-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of noncommittal in a Sentence

She would only give noncommittal answers about her plans. The president remained noncommittal, saying only that all options would be considered.

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Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 There will certainly be plenty of parsing of the nominee's comments about Roe and about Supreme Court precedents during the confirmation hearings, but that nominee will also be coached to speak about these things in noncommittal and vague terms. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump makes clear Roe v. Wade is on the chopping block," 2 July 2018 The Arizona senator had been noncommittal for days. Dylan Scott, Vox, "I’ll never forget watching John McCain vote down Obamacare repeal," 26 Aug. 2018 As written, the words appear noncommittal, yet the rhyme implies the patness of what these women have to say. Lyndall Gordon, New York Times, "Jeremy Irons Breathes New Life Into ‘The Poems of T.S. Eliot’," 17 May 2018 The noncommittal attitude toward storm water management practices at the arena site extended to the Ilitches’ surrounding surface lots. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Ilitches can maximize parking money thanks to favorable city ruling on LCA lot designs," 6 Mar. 2018 When the subject about a job for James came up on a post-deal conference call with analysts, Mr. Iger was respectful but noncommittal. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "James Murdoch Will Not Join Disney if Fox Deal Is Completed," 8 May 2018 Leaving aside when and whether the rule will change--the NBA and NBPA issued a supportive but noncommittal statement Wednesday--the commission didn’t address the many other young players tempted by under-the-table payments. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Basketball Panel Doesn’t Tackle Athlete Compensation Issue," 25 Apr. 2018 When Nash approached Fitz Forward about buying the lot, the developer was noncommittal. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's showcase neighborhood project falls a year behind schedule," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of noncommittal

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of noncommittal

: not telling or showing what you think about something


non·​com·​mit·​tal | \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of noncommittal

: not revealing thoughts or decisions … her tone was so quiet and noncommittal that I knew Miss Crocker was not satisfied with her reaction.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

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