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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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 Trump’s noncommittal stance on the status of Crimea may stem from the desire to pursue better relations with Russia, but this is misguided. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Potential key swing-votes on Kavanaugh's nomination were publicly noncommittal on Tuesday, although some sounded notes of optimism on the pick. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Mike Pence 'very encouraged' by reaction on Capitol Hill to Kavanaugh's nomination," 10 July 2018 Initially, Baker was noncommittal about continuing the life sciences initiative. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Baker reaffirms his support for state spending on biotech," 5 June 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was noncommittal, directing questions Wednesday to the Department of Homeland Security., "Pentagon asked to prepare housing for up to 20,000 migrant children," 22 June 2018 Manager Jeff Banister was noncommittal before Tuesday's game. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Move over Astros, league's current best win streak resides up north," 19 June 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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not any or not one

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