I can't remember a word to describe someone (maybe their action) of not committing oneself when asked.

I loosely remember a good one beginning with an 'e' I think.

ie, He was ???? when replying after being asked to commit himself to the task requested.

  • Evasive........? – user66974 Nov 30 '14 at 22:13
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    Non-committal? Evasive? – A E Nov 30 '14 at 22:13


tending or seeking to evade; avoiding the issue; not straightforward. - TFD

When I asked him if he would help me with my spring cleaning, he gave an evasive answer.

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You could simply, that is, if you want, perhaps use "noncommittal."

That is direct and to the point.

Other adjectives like "guarded" or reserved" might work, too. It all really depends on the feel you want to evoke.

Do you want to show that he/she is shy or directly noncommittal? Cheers!

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use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself. -TFD

Stop trying to equivocate and instead guarantee you'll fulfill my request, please.

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'Obfuscatory' would work. 'Reticent' might work, as well.

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  • I might if I were to take this nonsense seriously; but I don't. ;) – Sotto Voce Dec 2 '14 at 4:11

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