neutrality

noun
neu·​tral·​i·​ty | \ nü-ˈtra-lə-tē How to pronounce neutrality (audio) , nyü-\

Definition of neutrality

: the quality or state of being neutral especially : refusal to take part in a war between other powers The country adopted an official policy of neutrality.

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Examples of neutrality in a Sentence

The country adopted an official policy of neutrality. The newspaper is known for its political neutrality.

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Hawley’s standard is most assuredly not the viewpoint-neutrality standard seen in First Amendment case law. David French, National Review, "Josh Hawley’s Internet Censorship Bill Is an Unwise, Unconstitutional Mess," 20 June 2019 Salame, on Thursday, also pointed the blame at Hifter’s self-described Libyan National Army for the two airstrikes last month — an extraordinary decision given the U.N.’s traditional tilt toward neutrality during conflicts. Washington Post, "In battle for Tripoli, medical workers are becoming casualties," 15 Aug. 2019 Bring in a parent-child tie, though, and neutrality flees the scene. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Close friend shows no interest in my 6-year-old daughter," 14 Aug. 2019 Bring in a parent-child tie, though, and neutrality flees the scene. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: She doesn’t like my daughter, who everyone else finds charming," 14 Aug. 2019 Bring in a parent-child tie, though, and neutrality flees the scene. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Don’t take it personally when good friend doesn’t click with your 6-year-old," 13 Aug. 2019 The neutrality appeal was to little avail, however. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong's Civil Servants Join a Widening Protest Movement," 2 Aug. 2019 And where does the defense of gender equality and religious neutrality end, and discrimination begin? Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "France’s “Muslim Rosa Parks” are reviving the debate over burkinis," 4 July 2019 But after decades of delivering this raw content to an estimated 47 million viewers a week on television, plus another 70 million online, what, if anything, has the public gained by such neutrality? Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Republic, "“Stop Telling Me Your Opinion”: An Exit Interview With C-SPAN’s Founder," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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neutrality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neutrality

: the quality or state of not supporting either side in an argument, fight, war, etc. : the quality or state of being neutral

neutrality

noun
neu·​tral·​i·​ty | \ nü-ˈtra-lə-tē How to pronounce neutrality (audio) , nyü-\

Kids Definition of neutrality

: the quality or state of not favoring one side or the other

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