carbon-neutral

adjective

car·​bon-neu·​tral
variants or carbon neutral
: having or resulting in no net addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
Wood-fired electricity qualifies as carbon-neutral because the carbon dioxide the generators emit would have been released anyway as trees die and decompose.Boston Globe, 8 May 2009
: counterbalancing the emission of carbon dioxide with carbon offsets
… advertises itself as the first carbon-neutral polymer producer—though to meet that claim it has to purchase carbon offset certificates for the energy needed for the process.Jessica Marshall, New Scientist, 7 July 2007
carbon neutrality noun

Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carbon-neutral was in 1992

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near carbon-neutral

Cite this Entry

“Carbon-neutral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbon-neutral. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY