Definition of non-committal in English:



  • Not expressing or revealing commitment to a definite opinion or course of action.

    ‘her tone was non-committal, and her face gave nothing away’
    • ‘He said, ‘Now we must fight together against the Russians,’ and I gave him some non-committal answer.’
    • ‘He was non-committal about the bylaw banning windscreen washers.’
    • ‘When contacted yesterday, Paul was non-committal.’
    • ‘It is one of the most non-committal responses on record.’
    • ‘The party, though, was non-committal on restoring the wages and benefits of the hospital workers.’
    • ‘If he feels he's facing an uninterested or hostile audience, he will be vague, non-committal and withdrawn.’
    • ‘Many walkers were non-committal about the decision.’
    • ‘Henry was non-committal on the chances of Andrew Hall.’
    • ‘She did not speak unless spoken to, and even then her answers were short and non-committal.’
    • ‘‘He has asked my opinion on the proposals being developed and I was non-committal,’ he said.’
    • ‘And at Church House, the Church of England's Westminster headquarters, a spokesman was less concise - but just as non-committal.’
    • ‘Most of them, I believe, are altogether vaguer, more non-committal, not so much insisting on the reality of heaven as refusing to believe in the finality of death.’
    • ‘According to the report, Lord Paul was, however, non-committal on whether he would invest in Punjab.’
    • ‘The verdict from Monash University chair of linguistics Kate Burridge is that the apparently non-committal expression will stick around.’
    • ‘Asked what has changed since then, O'Neill's non-committal response spoke volumes.’
    • ‘Lau was non-committal when asked whether he was being boycotted by the group, but agreed that reconciliation with the central government was a touchy issue.’
    • ‘While they agree it needs to be fixed, they remain non-committal on when.’
    • ‘I smile and say something innocuously non-committal.’
    • ‘Mr Brennan said he was aware of this, but he remained non-committal.’
    • ‘Even after months of debate, the statement was vague and perplexingly non-committal on whether war would be justified.’
    evasive, equivocal, temporizing, guarded, circumspect, reserved
    prevaricate, give nothing away, play one's cards close to one's chest, straddle an issue, dodge the issue, dodge the question, sidestep the issue, hedge, fence, pussyfoot, beat about the bush, equivocate, temporize, shilly-shally, vacillate, waver
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