Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Refusing commitment to a particular opinion or course of action; not revealing what one feels or thinks: "His face was the color of a freshly baked pork pie and as noncommittal” ( Thomas Pynchon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

non- +‎ committal (Wiktionary)

Examples

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • "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

  • When standing squarely on both feet and looking directly forward, the action may be called noncommittal, general; but if the address is specialized and directed to a part of the audience, or if attention is called to some particular region, the face will naturally turn in that direction.

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  • Mr. Luongo said the Gurleys, who opened their Hamptons outpost in mid-July, "did express a desire to keep the space" and wanted to "get an extension through the spring," but he deemed the conversation "noncommittal" and said it did not make financial sense for him because he is still paying a mortgage on the property.

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  • "What think you of my Nightingales, Lord Seneschal?" he asked, but with a tone full of wry amusement, as if he expected some kind of noncommittal answer.

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