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commitment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n commitment the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
    • n commitment the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action "his long commitment to public service","they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
    • n commitment an engagement by contract involving financial obligation "his business commitments took him to London"
    • n commitment the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose "a man of energy and commitment"
    • n commitment a message that makes a pledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it
    • Commitment A doing, or perpetration, in a bad sense, as of a crime or blunder; commission.
    • Commitment A warrant or order for the imprisonment of a person; -- more frequently termed a mittimus.
    • Commitment The act of committing, or putting in charge, keeping, or trust; consignment; esp., the act of committing to prison. "They were glad to compound for his bare commitment to the Tower, whence he was within few days enlarged."
    • Commitment The act of pledging or engaging; the act of exposing, endangering, or compromising; also, the state of being pledged or engaged.
    • Commitment The act of referring or intrusting to a committee for consideration and report; as, the commitment of a petition or a bill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines
    • n commitment The act of committing. The act of delivering in charge or intrusting.
    • n commitment A written order of a court directing that some one be confined in prison: formerly more often termed a mittimus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Texas criminals are required to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
    • ns Commitment act of committing: an order for sending to prison: imprisonment
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A winner makes commitment. A loser makes promises.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “He has committed the crime who profits by it.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. committĕrecom, with, mittĕre, to send.

Usage

In literature:

But, in Heaven's name, had we committed some sin, that we ran thus, skulking from hiding-place to hiding-place?
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
It was said by Mr. G. Robertson, that the first murders of Musquito were committed in self defence.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Are you aware of the solecisms you commit?
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
The harlot may commit her sins in the dark, but her countenance reveals her character and her immorality is an open secret.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
His was the kind of nature to whom remorse even for a sin committed must be almost unknown.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
It accounts for the readiness to commit suicide and for the indifference to martyrdom.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Had then Melchior committed murder, and was obliged to fly the country?
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
This noted corsair had built up a great power in Tunis and Algiers, and committed shameful ravages on all Christian nations.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Eventually Ennis was convicted of a crime committed some time before.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
On the previous day he had departed hastily, after committing the old man to Deborah's care.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Ralegh and Perrot were committed by the Council to the Fleet for six days.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He was committed to the Tower.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
What sin, pray, have you committed?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
And did not he die of typhoid within two weeks of committing that foolishness?
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Another error which is committed in such cases is to neglect the influence of the maternal lineage.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
And how can a good God punish us forever for sins committed here in only a few short years?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
What offense had godly Abel committed against his brother to be so hated?
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
In spite of our knowing better, we are yet forced to commit wrong.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
It is said that there is no civilized country on the globe where murder is so frequently committed and so seldom punished.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
I have committed foul murder, and insulted holy relics, and made the heavens ring with my blasphemies.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

To her I leave thee, gloomy peer,
Think on thy crimes committed;
Repent, and be for once sincere,
Thou ne'er wilt be De-Witted.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
`What transgressions I commit
Are for thy transgressions fit.
They thy harlots, thou their slave;
And my bed becomes their grave.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
And those sisters that can't catch you,
What a plight they must be in!
For the song you sing oft leads them
To commit an awful sin.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
So with hearts to heaven devoted,
Sins repented and confess'd,
All they have to heaven committed,
Christians get them to their rest.
"The Anchor" by Caroline Fry
When all, and birds, and creeping beasts,
When the dark of night is deep,
From the moving wonder of their lives
Commit themselves to sleep.
"Sleep" by Walter de la Mare
They dream: There, by Sepulchre of Savor,
Paradise will open doors for us;
At the footing of the Mount Thabor
The committed hour will thrust.
"The Gates of Paradise" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

But some are going a step further—taking pledges to support the girls' commitment to chastity .
Country singer Chely Wright, just days after coming out of the closet at age 39, told The Today Show Wednesday that she nearly committed suicide over the anguish of keeping her sexuality a secret.
Man accused of 'Twilight' plot committed in '09.
He worked at four different camps and discussed with NBC News what he saw — and committed — at those camps.
Jeremiah Tower, a patriarch of modern American cuisine and the genius behind San Francisco's Stars, has never wavered in his commitment to simple flavors.
While the Alabama commitment already has 1,120 yards in five games this season, another junior has outpaced him so far.
She is being recognized as a faithful attendee and honored for her commitment.
Chef Lee Skawinski and his partner, Dan Kary, are so committed to local foods that they farm most of the produce on their menus themselves.
The downturn in the economy is confronting many of our members with difficult decisions — either to invest in professional development or to commit those funds for other needs.
Some think Tim DeChristopher committed a crime and should be punished.
It was universally panned as the worst planned, worst executed, most slovenly, strident and obnoxious peace action ever committed.
Before meeting his future wife in 2007, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin was a committed renter.
Swindler Bernie Madoff and his wife tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills on Christmas Eve 2008, two weeks after his $65 billion Ponzi scheme was exposed, his wife has revealed.
Writers Are Twice as Likely to Commit Suicide .
The mother of a man who died from a gunshot wound in a tragic series of events that started with an off-duty police officer leaving his gun in a bar bathroom said there is no way her son committed suicide.
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In science:

At the practition level (the level where operators range over actions) commitments are de fined.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
We follow Nicolov et al. (1996), who also use TAG, in their commitment to flat semantics.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
To be sustained, however, this line of argument commits one to the ontological interpretation, which we shall consider in due course.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
This suggests a moderate way of understanding the application of the DeutschHayden formalism in teleportation that would not involve commitment to their claims about locality or information flow.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
The first version is committed to spacetime points and sets of them (and their properties and relations), but does not accept spacetime regions as spatiotemporally located ob jects (say as mereological fusions of points).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The first reply is an analogue of Sider’s (Section 4.4); the main difference being that it is less metaphysically committed and closer to the detail of empirical enquiry.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For example, while Sider talks of ‘the laws of dynamics’ (or ‘laws of nature’), I will be more specific, e.g. distinguishing point-particles and continua. (ii) I will be less metaphysically committed.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
So the broad idea of this position is that by exploiting details about mechanics, the perdurantist can claim to define persistence, without having to be committed to Sider’s philosophical methods (a) and (b).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The vague anti-realism of the orthodox quantum philosophy thus seems to rule out the very kind of talk that is absolutely required to show that nature violates some locality condition – namely, talk of nature! But orthodox quantum theory better commit to a realistic description of something.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
The Lorentzian signature of classical spacetime is an emergent property from an underlying theory not committed to this signature.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
Recently a spate of work has been written with such a Bayesian commitment.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
On the xaxis is the error committed by the posterior mean estimate.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
In addition significant resources are committed by th e participating institutes.
Data Acquisition in the EUDET Project
Theoretical error η(x) (12,10) committed by retaining a fraction x of the largest eigenvalues.
Entanglement of random vectors
In many processes of opinion dynamics it is desirable that the agents reach consensus, either for reaching a good approximation to the truth or for the reason, that reaching consensus is a good in itself (e.g. in the commitment to the constitution).
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence
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