noncommittal

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adjective non·com·mit·tal \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-təl\

Definition of noncommittal

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

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

noncommittally

play \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of noncommittal in a sentence

  1. She would only give noncommittal answers about her plans.

  2. The president remained noncommittal, saying only that all options would be considered.

1829

First Known Use of noncommittal

1829


NONCOMMITTAL Defined for English Language Learners

noncommittal

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adjective non·com·mit·tal \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-təl\

Definition of noncommittal for English Language Learners

  • : not telling or showing what you think about something


NONCOMMITTAL Defined for Kids

noncommittal

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adjective non·com·mit·tal \ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-təl\

Definition of noncommittal for Students

  1. :  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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