neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈnü-trəl, ˈnyü-\

Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that is neutral The two countries were neutrals while their neighbors were at war.
2 : a neutral color She painted the room in neutrals.
3 : a position of disengagement (as of gears) He put the car in neutral.

neutral

adjective

Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not engaged on either side specifically : not aligned with a political or ideological grouping a neutral nation
2 : of or relating to a neutral state or power neutral territory
3a : not decided or pronounced as to characteristics : indifferent
b(1) : achromatic
(2) : nearly achromatic
(2) : lacking stamens or pistils
d : neither acid nor basic
e : not electrically charged
4 : produced with the tongue in the position it has when at rest the neutral vowels of \ə-ˈbəv\ above

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Other Words from neutral

Adjective

neutrally \ ˈnü-​trə-​lē , ˈnyü-​ \ adverb
neutralness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for neutral

Synonyms: Adjective

nonpartisan

Antonyms: Adjective

allied, confederate

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Examples of neutral in a Sentence

Noun

He put the car in neutral. Their sister remained a neutral in the dispute. The two countries were neutrals while their neighbors were at war.

Adjective

He remained neutral while his brothers argued. She tries to be a fair and neutral journalist. The battle took place in neutral waters. The duel will be held on neutral ground. The report was written in neutral language. “Why did you do that?” he asked in a neutral tone of voice.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The velvet glam accents and relaxing palette of neutrals and purples lent a chic and coordinated energy in every room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Exclusive Look Inside Shay Mitchell’s Stunning Office Remodel," 4 Sep. 2018 In parallel, the couple set out to redecorate the entire apartment, trading its earlier scheme of white-and-gray minimalism for a more textured palette of black, grays, and neutrals. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 Rich taupes with rustic, sandy undertones are the easiest neutrals to incorporate to a space — whether as an accent with accessories like throw pillows or a larger piece, like a rug. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "The Prettiest Colors Popping Up in Homes This Year," 19 July 2018 Prediction Most neutrals would love to see Napoli win this one, if only to keep the fight alive for another few weeks. SI.com, "Juventus vs Napoli Preview: Previous Encounters, Key Battle, Team News & More," 21 Apr. 2018 Pale neutrals like champagne, gold, and silver flatter everyone. Victoria Kirby, Redbook, "Mirror-Free Makeup Tips," 2 Dec. 2011 The deluxe and premier rooms are a refreshing departure from the sea of neutrals that plagues so many other Dubai hotels. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 The trend still plays on galactic colors, like purples, blues, and pinks (along with metallic neutrals) but in a sheer, subtle way more likely to be featured on Glossier's Instagram than your teen cousin's favorite YouTuber. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Dreamy Fall Trend Is Like Unicorn Makeup's Cooler Older Sister," 19 Sep. 2018 Such clever gals mixing retro glamour with modern, neutrals with colour. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Hilary Duff Puts An End To Some Of Your Biggest Home Debates," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Even more than the exact shade is how the evening's coolest attendees paired them: with neutral-toned nails and frocks in hues ranging from ivory to shimmering gold. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Munn, and More Step Out in 2019's Biggest Red Carpet Beauty Trend," 14 Jan. 2019 Lip and hoops were inspired by Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings to avoid scrutiny. Frances Solá-santiago, Glamour, "What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Hoop Earrings Mean to Latina Women Like Me," 11 Jan. 2019 Shoot it on a solid, neutral background (preferably white) in daylight, and center the item in the lens, being careful not to cut off any sides of the item. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 This faux aloe plant comes with a neutral earthenware pot for an organic vibe. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "7 of the Best-Looking Fake Plants You Can Buy," 28 Dec. 2018 Ignoring this mosaic while working on genes could end up in any number of results, ranging from the neutral to the deeply harmful. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Infamous CRISPR Baby Scientist Is Missing," 3 Dec. 2018 Think about pressing a heavy dumbbell overhead and then quickly bending at the elbow to return to neutral. Amy Marturana, SELF, "A Total-Body Resistance Band Workout You Can Do Anywhere," 28 Sep. 2018 The monetary report says the expectation is that further hikes will leave the rate slightly above its neutral level by late next year. Martin Crutsinger, courant.com, "Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate," 13 July 2018 But both parties have accepted a norm in recent years where all budgetary proposals must be at least deficit-neutral, so both Obama and Ryan include measures to pay for the idea. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of neutral

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neutral

Adjective and Noun

Middle English neuterall mutually neutralizing, from Medieval Latin *neutralis, back-formation from neutralitas middle ground, from Latin neutralis neuter, from neutr-, neuter

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neutral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a color that is not bright or strong : a neutral color

: the position of the gears in a car, truck, etc., when they do not touch each other and power from the engine does not move the wheels

: a person, country, etc., that does not support either side of an argument, fight, war, etc.

neutral

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

: not supporting either side of an argument, fight, war, etc.

: not supporting one political view over another

: not connected with either side involved in a war, contest, etc.

neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈnü-trəl, ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or group that does not favor either side in a quarrel, contest, or war
2 : a grayish color or color that is not bright
3 : a position of gears (as in the transmission of a motor vehicle) in which they are not in contact

neutral

adjective

Kids Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not favoring either side in a quarrel, contest, or war
2 : of or relating to a country that doesn't favor either side in a dispute neutral territory
3 : not strong in opinion or feeling My feelings toward work are neutral.
4 : having a color that is not bright : grayish neutral walls
5 : neither acid nor basic
6 : not electrically charged

neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈn(y)ü-trəl \

Medical Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a neutral color

neutral

adjective

Medical Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not decided or pronounced as to characteristics
2a : totally lacking in saturation : achromatic
b : not decided in color : nearly achromatic : of low saturation
3 : neither acid nor basic : neither acid nor alkaline specifically : having a pH value of 7.0 a neutral solution contains both hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions at the same concentration 1.00×10−7 — Linus Pauling
4 : not electrically charged

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neutral

noun
neu·​tral

Legal Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is neutral specifically : an impartial person used in alternative dispute resolution to help resolve or to determine the matters in dispute

neutral

adjective

Legal Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

: not engaged on either side specifically : not aligned with a political or ideological grouping

Other Words from neutral

neutrally adverb
neutralness noun

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