neu·​tral·​ism ˈnü-trə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce neutralism (audio)
: a policy or the advocacy of neutrality especially in international affairs
neutralist noun
neutralistic adjective

Example Sentences

his neutralism in the matter is questionable, since he owns thousands of shares in the company
Recent Examples on the Web Globalizing impulses helped bring about a flourishing of neutralism. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutralism was in 1579

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“Neutralism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


neu·​tral·​ism ˈn(y)ü-trə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce neutralism (audio)
: a policy of neutrality in international affairs

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