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commitment Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
    • a man of energy and commitment
  2. noun the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
    dedication; loyalty; allegiance.
    • his long commitment to public service
    • they felt no loyalty to a losing team
  3. noun an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
    • his business commitments took him to London
  4. noun a message that makes a pledge
  5. noun the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
    committal; consignment.

Com*mit"ment noun
  1. The act of commiting, or putting in charge, keeping, or trust; consigment; esp., the act of commiting to prison.
    They were glad to compound for his bare commitment to the Tower, whence he was within few days enlarged. Clarendon.
  2. A warrant or order for the imprisonment of a person; -- more frequently termed a mittimus.
  3. The act of referring or intrusting to a committee for consideration and report; as, the commitment of a petition or a bill.
  4. A doing, or preperation, in a bad sense, as of a crime or blunder; commission.
  5. The act of pledging or engaging; the act of exposing, endangering, or compromising; also, the state of being pledged or engaged. Hamilton.

Webster 1913