noncommittal

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non- +‎ committal[1]

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noncommittal (comparative more noncommittal, superlative most noncommittal)

  1. Tending to avoid commitment; lacking certainty or decisiveness; reluctant to give out information or show one's feelings or opinion.
    The Major's face was noncommittal.
    The noncommittal Indians would give no counsel as to fording.
    • 1818, S.R. Wells, The American Phrenonological Journal, and other miscellany, v. 10, p. 234:
      [He] is candid, open-hearted, and hardly non-commmittal enough for his own interest at times.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 non-committal, adj. and n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [Draft revision; June 2008]
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