non·​com·​mit·​tal | \ ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-tᵊl How to pronounce noncommittal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce noncommittally (audio) \ 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 on the Web Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, have been noncommittal. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska legislators say they’re preparing to reconvene in early May," 22 Apr. 2020 The president is polite but noncommittal, and after the call, Feinstein leaves the room grumbling. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The CIA Torture Bombshell That Didn’t Change Anything," 20 Nov. 2019 Since Tuesday's announcement, public figures have questioned the noncommittal, broad-strokes language the association used to explain the next steps. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "NCAA athletes getting paid: Thousands could be in their futures," 1 Nov. 2019 The response from the Trump White House was decidedly noncommittal, a stance that confused the Ukrainians, who continued to believe that such a meeting was just around the corner. Joshua Yaffa Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "A Ukrainian Push for a White House Visit Gave Trump Leverage Over Zelensky," 28 Sep. 2019 For weeks the administration’s response was noncommittal. Jenny Leonard,, "Trump Sticks to His China Tariff Guns, Ignoring Pleas for Relief," 29 Apr. 2020 At a time when the electorate is looking for sharp definitions and ambitious visions, her emphasis strikes some Democrats as vague and noncommittal. Molly Ball, Time, "Kamala Harris Is Making Her Case. But Can She Stand Out in a Crowded Field?," 3 Oct. 2019 In discussing his upcoming legislative goals in New York State, Cuomo was noncommittal when a reporter asked him about prison reform. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Pandemic Economy in American Prisons," 24 Mar. 2020 Bernard appeared noncommittal to Schrader’s request at two board meetings Tuesday and Thursday and didn’t return an email Friday seeking comment. oregonlive, "Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader withdraws support for paying chairman’s legal bills from ethics flap," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of noncommittal

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Noncommittal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce noncommittal (audio) \

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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