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
noncommittallyplay \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.
Recent Examples of noncommittal from the Web
Earlier this season, team owner Chip Ganassi was noncommittal about Kanaan's future, saying only that IndyCar's Ironman has a future within the organization.
Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner.
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First Known Use of noncommittal
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Definition of noncommittal for English Language Learners
: not telling or showing what you think about something
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Definition of noncommittal for Students
: 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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