Share this entry

Share this page

committal

Syllabification: com·mit·tal
Pronunciation: /kəˈmidl
 
/

Definition of committal in English:

noun

1The action of sending a person to an institution, especially prison or a psychiatric hospital: his committal to prison [as modifier]: committal proceedings
More example sentences
  • 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 corpse.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of committal in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure