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

Other Words from noncommittal

noncommittally \ ˌnän-​kə-​ˈmi-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce noncommittal (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 For now, the million-dollar question remains: Do all those eyeballs and noncommittal likes actually translate to more butts in seats? Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 25 July 2022 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), facing a tight legislative calendar, was noncommittal about even bringing the bill up for a vote in the Senate. Peter Weber, The Week, 21 July 2022 Other conservative justices have given similarly noncommittal answers about Roe over the years. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 28 June 2022 Confirmation hearings are often said to be shadow plays in which nominees concentrate on giving noncommittal answers. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 Phillips' remarks went farther than those of House progressive Democrats who have criticized parts of Biden's agenda and remained noncommittal about Biden in 2024. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Yet other Republicans remained noncommittal about McCarthy. Lisa Mascaro, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 But Scholz remained noncommittal and avoided specifically threatening Nord Stream 2. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2022 While cordial, the chancellor remained noncommittal, according to several officials. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of noncommittal

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, Hear My Cry

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