The work of committing or the state to be committed commitment
- the work of committing a crime
- the state act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or emotional hospital)
- The act of committing, or even the state to be dedicated; commitment.
1620s, from commit + -al (2). As an adjective, attested from 1884, evidently a back-formation from non-committal.
He was a member of the commission for ecclesiastical causes, and although afterwards he claimed that he had used all his influence to dissuade James from removing the tests, and in other ways illegally favouring the Roman Catholics, he signed the warrant for the committal of the seven bishops, and appeared as a witness against them.