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neutral

noun neu·tral \ ˈnü-trəl , ˈnyü- \

Definition of neutral

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.

Examples of neutral in a Sentence

  1. He put the car in neutral.

  2. Their sister remained a neutral in the dispute.

  3. The two countries were neutrals while their neighbors were at war.

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Origin and Etymology of neutral

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neutral

adjective

Definition of neutral

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
3 a :not decided or pronounced as to characteristics :indifferent
b (1) :achromatic
(2) :nearly achromatic
c (1) :neuter 3
(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

neutrally

play \ˈnü-trə-lē, ˈnyü-\ adverb

neutralness

noun

Examples of neutral in a Sentence

  1. He remained neutral while his brothers argued.

  2. She tries to be a fair and neutral journalist.

  3. The battle took place in neutral waters.

  4. The duel will be held on neutral ground.

  5. The report was written in neutral language.

  6. “Why did you do that?” he asked in a neutral tone of voice.

Recent Examples of neutral from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of neutral

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



NEUTRAL Defined for English Language Learners

neutral

noun

Definition of neutral for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of neutral for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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neutral

noun neu·tral \ ˈnü-trəl , ˈnyü- \

Definition of neutral for Students

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

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neutral

adjective

Definition of neutral for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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neutral

noun neu·tral \ ˈn(y)ü-trəl \

medical Definition of neutral

:a neutral color

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neutral

adjective

medical Definition of neutral

1 :not decided or pronounced as to characteristics
2 a :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

Law Dictionary

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neutral

noun neu·tral

legal Definition of neutral

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

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neutral

adjective

legal Definition of neutral

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

neutrally

adverb

neutralness

noun


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