noncommittal

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Refusing commitment to a particular opinion or course of action; not revealing what one feels or thinks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disinclined to express an opinion one way or the other; unwilling to commit one's self to any particular view or course; as, he was entirely non-committal.
  • That does not commit or pledge one to any particular view or course; not involving an expression of opinion or preference for any particular course of action; free from pledge or entanglement of any kind: as, a non-committal answer or statement; non-committal behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A state of not being committed or pledged; forbearance or refusal to commit one's self. Also used adjectively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tending to avoid commitment; lacking certainty or decisiveness; reluctant to give out information or show one's feelings or opinion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action or view or the like

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

non- +‎ committal

Examples

  • If you're approached by a spy, "remain noncommittal, neither refusing nor agreeing to cooperate."

    Is national security deputy Donilon moving up?

  • If you're approached by a spy, "remain noncommittal, neither refusing nor agreeing to cooperate."

    Is national security deputy Donilon moving up?

  • He and the Cavaliers remain noncommittal about his return, but Hughes still isn't able to run comfortably. ...

    USATODAY.com - Basketball - New York vs. Cleveland

  • He gazed down at her with interest, his expression noncommittal, his mouth set in a thin, inscrutable line.

    Dirge

  • When an author has agreed to do an interview, the journalist assumes the publicist is stonewalling when the interview is not scheduled.) Instead, a polite way for you to respond to an interview query if you’re an author is to ask for more information, but remain noncommittal with, Thanks for your interest.

    2010 January « The Book Publicity Blog

  • When an author has agreed to do an interview, the journalist assumes the publicist is stonewalling when the interview is not scheduled.) Instead, a polite way for you to respond to an interview query if you’re an author is to ask for more information, but remain noncommittal with, Thanks for your interest.

    Just say no « The Book Publicity Blog

  • When an author has agreed to do an interview, the journalist assumes the publicist is stonewalling when the interview is not scheduled.) Instead, a polite way for you to respond to an interview query if you’re an author is to ask for more information, but remain noncommittal with, Thanks for your interest.

    2010 January 05 « The Book Publicity Blog

  • Nick’s eyes narrowed as he sensed her apprehension, and he forced himself to relax, his expression noncommittal, hands loose at his sides.

    Pregnant by the Millionaire

  • "He gazed down at her with interest, his expression noncommittal, his mouth set in a thin, inscrutable line.

    Dirge

  • [_He makes a grave tour of inspection of the place, his expression noncommittal; goes about casually without making a point of it; he writes his initials in the dust on a filing case.

    The Gibson Upright

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  • I'm not sure if I like this word. Not sure.

    August 12, 2008