Definition of noncommittal in English:



  • (of a person or a person's behavior or manner) not expressing or revealing commitment to a definite opinion or course of action.

    ‘her tone was noncommittal, and her face gave nothing away’
    • ‘Even after months of debate, the statement was vague and perplexingly non-committal on whether war would be justified.’
    • ‘If he feels he's facing an uninterested or hostile audience, he will be vague, non-committal and withdrawn.’
    • ‘She did not speak unless spoken to, and even then her answers were short and non-committal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Henry was non-committal on the chances of Andrew Hall.’
    • ‘Asked what has changed since then, O'Neill's non-committal response spoke volumes.’
    • ‘He was non-committal about the bylaw banning windscreen washers.’
    • ‘Many walkers were non-committal about the decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When contacted yesterday, Paul was non-committal.’
    • ‘And at Church House, the Church of England's Westminster headquarters, a spokesman was less concise - but just as non-committal.’
    • ‘I smile and say something innocuously non-committal.’
    • ‘It is one of the most non-committal responses on record.’
    • ‘Mr Brennan said he was aware of this, but he remained non-committal.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Now we must fight together against the Russians,’ and I gave him some non-committal answer.’
    • ‘The verdict from Monash University chair of linguistics Kate Burridge is that the apparently non-committal expression will stick around.’
    • ‘According to the report, Lord Paul was, however, non-committal on whether he would invest in Punjab.’
    • ‘While they agree it needs to be fixed, they remain non-committal on when.’
    • ‘The party, though, was non-committal on restoring the wages and benefits of the hospital workers.’
    • ‘‘He has asked my opinion on the proposals being developed and I was non-committal,’ he said.’
    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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