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neuter

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adjective neu·ter \ˈnü-tər, ˈnyü-\

Definition of neuter

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to things classed as neither masculine nor feminineb :  neither active nor passive :  intransitive

  2. 2 :  taking no side :  neutral

  3. 3 :  lacking or having imperfectly developed or nonfunctional generative organs

Examples of neuter in a Sentence

  1. The pronoun it is neuter.

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Origin and Etymology of neuter

Middle English neutre, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French neutre, from Latin neuter, literally, neither, from ne- not + uter which of two — more at no, whether


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neuter

noun neu·ter

Definition of neuter

  1. 1a :  a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the neuter genderb :  the neuter gender

  2. 2 :  one that is neutral

  3. 3a :  worker 2b :  a spayed or castrated animal

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First Known Use of neuter

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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neuter

verb neu·ter

Definition of neuter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  castrate, alter

  3. 2 :  to remove the force or effectiveness of

Examples of neuter in a Sentence

  1. She had her dog neutered by the veterinarian.

  2. The bill was neutered by the changes made by the legislature.

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First Known Use of neuter

1903

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


NEUTER Defined for English Language Learners

neuter

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adjective

Definition of neuter for English Language Learners

  • grammar in some languages : of or belonging to the class of words (called a gender) that ordinarily includes most of the words referring to things that are neither masculine nor feminine

neuter

verb

Definition of neuter for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the sex organs from (an animal)

  • : to make (something) much less powerful or effective


NEUTER Defined for Kids

neuter

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verb neu·ter \ˈnü-tər, ˈnyü-\

Definition of neuter for Students

neutered

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neutering

  1. :  to remove the sex glands and especially the testes from :  castrate neuter a dog


Medical Dictionary

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neuter

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noun neu·ter \ˈn(y)üt-ər\

Medical Definition of neuter

  1. :  a spayed or castrated animal (as a cat)


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neuter

transitive verb neu·ter

Medical Definition of neuter

  1. :  castrate 1, alter a neutered cat



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