Definition of Commitment

1. Noun. The trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose. "A man of energy and commitment"

Exact synonyms: Committedness
Generic synonyms: Earnestness, Serious-mindedness, Seriousness, Sincerity
Specialized synonyms: Investment
Derivative terms: Committed

2. Noun. The act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action. "They felt no loyalty to a losing team"
Exact synonyms: Allegiance, Dedication, Loyalty
Specialized synonyms: Communalism, Consecration, Devotion, Enlistment, Faith
Generic synonyms: Cooperation
Derivative terms: Allegiant, Commit, Dedicate

3. Noun. An engagement by contract involving financial obligation. "His business commitments took him to London"
Generic synonyms: Engagement, Involution, Involvement, Participation
Specialized synonyms: Incurrence
Derivative terms: Commit

4. Noun. A message that makes a pledge.
Exact synonyms: Dedication
Generic synonyms: Content, Message, Subject Matter, Substance
Specialized synonyms: Oath, Swearing, Affirmation, Promise, Assurance, Pledge
Derivative terms: Dedicate

5. Noun. The official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital).
Exact synonyms: Committal, Consignment
Generic synonyms: Confinement
Derivative terms: Commit, Commit, Consign

Definition of Commitment

1. n. The act of committing, or putting in charge, keeping, or trust; consignment; esp., the act of committing to prison.

Definition of Commitment

1. Noun. The act or an instance of committing, putting in charge, keeping, or trust, especially: ¹

2. Noun. The act of sending a legislative bill to committee for review ¹

3. Noun. Official consignment sending a person to prison or a mental health institution ¹

4. Noun. Promise or agreement to do something in the future, especially: ¹

5. Noun. Assuming a financial obligation at a future date ¹

6. Noun. Being bound emotionally/intellectually to a course of action or to another person/other persons. ¹

7. Noun. Perpetration, in a negative manner, as in a crime or mistake. ¹

8. Noun. State of being pledged or engaged. ¹

9. Noun. The trait of sincerity and focused purpose. ¹

10. Noun. The act of being locked away, such as in an institution for the mentally ill or jail. ¹

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Definition of Commitment

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Commitment

1. Legal consignment, by certification, or voluntarily, of an individual to a mental hospital or institution. Origin: L. Com-mitto, to deliver, consign (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Commitment

commissure of habenulae
commissure of inferior colliculi
commissure of lips
commissure of superior colliculus
commit a bill
commit point
commit suicide
commit to memory
commitment (current term)
commitment of mentally ill
commits suicide
committal service

Literary usage of Commitment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence, and Digest of Proofs, in Civil by Thomas Starkie (1891)
"In general, on order or warrant of commitment by a magistrate must be in writing ... If the commitment was upon a warrant granted in defect of goods upon ..."

2. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1892)
"In a former report to the Conference by a committee of which the writer was chairman, the subject of the commitment and detention of the insane was ..."

3. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer by Richard Burn (1820)
"commitment ь not finding bail. in tfie said county, unlawfully and deceitfully uttered and ... in the year of our Lord one thousand commitment» JP (LS) A ..."

4. A General Abridgment of Law and Equity: Alphabetically Digested Under Proper Charles Viner by Charles Viner (1794)
"What is to be done previous to their commitment. Sac. 380 The form of the commitment. 380. ... To what court the commitment is to be certified. Bt:c. 384. ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"While he was in jail, under the commitment, the General Assembly of Rhode Island, on March 27, 1877. passed an Act " Defining and Limiting the Mode of ..."

6. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1847)
"Some observations were made by the Court of King's Bench as to the impropriety of preventing them from seeing the true cause of commitment; but they held it ..."

7. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Common Pleas, and by John Bernard Bosanquet, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, Christopher Puller, A. Moore, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1826)
"Briggs, that the declaration in this case would have been perfect, if the averment that the commitment remained in &• Court of King's Bench had been omitted ..."

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