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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
It's filled with bold statement colors and soft, charming neutrals for an exciting, playful feel for any style.—Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 The Stanley Quencher is available in 20 color options including neutrals like black and gray, plus splashier shades like bright blue and orange, all of which look sleek and polished.—Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Available exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide and on Lowes.com, the designer-inspired 2024 Color Collection of the Year includes ten refreshing neutrals combined with gentle, bright shades that create a new twist on traditional color combinations.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 1 Sep. 2023 Read on for those pearls of wisdom—and where to find the wear-with-anything neutrals that feel so appealing right now.—Alex Badia, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2023 As for choosing a color for your bedroom makeover, popular options include a calming shade of blue, green and purple, simple neutrals like beige and moody hues like dark green or matte black.—Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 1 Sep. 2023 There are 14 hues to sift through (including neutrals like white, gray, and beige and more vibrant options like purple, orange, and turquoise), giving you ample styling options throughout the year.—Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, Hughes has seen a shift toward elevated neutrals.—Hallie Milstein, Southern Living, 28 Aug. 2023 Choose from 20 different colors ranging from versatile neutrals to bold statement-making colors.—Rachael Green, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023
The products come in light, dark and neutral colors with choices like white, black, beige, forest green and espresso.—Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 The model also kept the rest of her accessories neutral for the same effect, with sunglasses, a bucket hat, and a structured crossbody bag all in black.—Ana Serrano, Glamour, 12 Sep. 2023 Louisville vs Indiana odds Louisville is a nine-point favorite over Indiana in the neutral site contest, per Circa Sports.—Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 11 Sep. 2023 Any nation in Europe that managed to stay independent and neutral throughout the World Wars can tell you that war affects you even if your country isn’t a combatant.—John Gustavsson, National Review, 10 Sep. 2023 That's in part because, of course, Russia and China are members of the G20, and India is officially neutral on the war.—CBS News, 10 Sep. 2023 Auburn has a 7-2 record against opponents from the Pac-12 and its ancestral conferences, with three of the games in Auburn, two in bowls, two at neutral sites and one in Birmingham.—Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 9 Sep. 2023 Travelers have their choice of nine bright or neutral colors to inject some personality into their luggage selection, and the expandable bag is even ideal for known overpackers.—Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 9 Sep. 2023 Today, the Reform Club continues to host a lively social community (that is, now, politically neutral), hosting over 100 events a year and functioning as a full-service hotel and restaurant.—Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 8 Sep. 2023 See More
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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