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.

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As for the digital age, which Fishman says Apollo ushered in, and the environmental consciousness that Tyson attributes to the moon landing, Ivie is noncommittal. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "While NASA Was Landing on the Moon, Many African-Americans Sought Economic Justice Instead," 11 July 2019 A few years ago, Lindahl and her teammates likely would have expressed deference to the U.S. women or, at the very least, been noncommittal. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US confidence rubbing some opponents the wrong way, and that's a good thing," 23 June 2019 The Ohio Senate, whose agreement is required to pass any legislation, has been noncommittal about borrowing to fund H2Ohio. Laura Hancock,, "Ohio House votes to create ‘H2Ohio’ water protection fund," 20 June 2019 O'Brien was noncommittal on his availability for training camp even though Johnson is expected to be ready for the start of camp. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Bill O'Brien on Bradley Roby: 'He hasn't done much'," 16 June 2019 Reid and Waters were noncommittal about possibly leaving school to enter the NBA Draft, though an exodus could be coming, especially given the scandal LSU is embroiled in. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "LSU plunges into uncertainty after NCAA Tournament exit," 29 Mar. 2019 How Pelosi’s leadership intersects with those goals helps explain anti-Pelosi sentiment among certain members of her party, and why many Democratic candidates are noncommittal about supporting her as leader. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 There will certainly be plenty of parsing of the nominee's comments about Roe and about Supreme Court precedents during the confirmation hearings, but that nominee will also be coached to speak about these things in noncommittal and vague terms. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump makes clear Roe v. Wade is on the chopping block," 2 July 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 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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