Meaning of non-committal in English:


Pronunciation /nɒnkəˈmɪt(ə)l/

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

    ‘her tone was non-committal, and her face gave nothing away’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Now we must fight together against the Russians,’ and I gave him some non-committal answer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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    • ‘If he feels he's facing an uninterested or hostile audience, he will be vague, non-committal and withdrawn.’
    • ‘Henry was non-committal on the chances of Andrew Hall.’
    • ‘And at Church House, the Church of England's Westminster headquarters, a spokesman was less concise - but just as non-committal.’
    • ‘When contacted yesterday, Paul was 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.’
    • ‘The verdict from Monash University chair of linguistics Kate Burridge is that the apparently non-committal expression will stick around.’
    • ‘I smile and say something innocuously non-committal.’
    • ‘Many walkers were non-committal about the decision.’
    • ‘He was non-committal about the bylaw banning windscreen washers.’
    • ‘It is one of the most non-committal responses on record.’
    • ‘Mr Brennan said he was aware of this, but he remained non-committal.’
    • ‘According to the report, Lord Paul was, however, non-committal on whether he would invest in Punjab.’
    • ‘The party, though, was non-committal on restoring the wages and benefits of the hospital workers.’
    • ‘While they agree it needs to be fixed, they remain non-committal on when.’
    • ‘Asked what has changed since then, O'Neill's non-committal response spoke volumes.’
    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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