Definition of committal in English:


Line breaks: com¦mit|tal
Pronunciation: /kəˈmɪt(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of sending a person to prison or a psychiatric hospital: his committal to prison [count noun]: the high level of committals [as modifier]: committal proceedings
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    • He then poses an obvious question - at a time of falling crime and declining committals to prison, why was a commitment made to expand the prison system on an unprecedented scale?
    • This represents 85% of the total population committed to these prisons during the survey period and 6% of the roughly 11 000 committals to Irish prisons each year.
    • In such proceedings, the prisoner may challenge the lawfulness of his committal to prison on any ground open to him.
  • 2The burial of a dead body: the funeral service was held on May 12, followed by committal at Forest Lawn Cemetery
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    • Today hundreds of mourners were due to attend a joint funeral service at All Saints and Martyrs, Wood Street, in Langley, followed by committal at Blackley crematorium.
    • The funeral service takes place at St Peter's ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall on Wednesday followed by committal at Colchester Crematorium
    • A funeral service will be held at 11.30 am on Tuesday followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium.

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