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.

Examples of neutrality in a Sentence

The country adopted an official policy of neutrality. The newspaper is known for its political neutrality.
Recent Examples on the Web Finland and Sweden have jettisoned decades of neutrality to join NATO. Angela Stent, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Retaining these passages in the final draft as opposed to updating them to medically referenced terms, indicates that keeping the appearance of neutrality was not a prevailing priority. Erin Spencer Sairam, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The decisions by Finland and Sweden to abandon more than 70 years of neutrality and apply for membership in NATO have underscored the disastrous strategic costs of the invasion for Russia. Arkansas Online, 4 June 2022 The decisions by Finland and Sweden to abandon more than 70 years of neutrality and apply for membership in NATO have underscored the disastrous strategic costs of the invasion for Russia. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 The decisions by Finland and Sweden to abandon more than 70 years of neutrality and apply for membership in NATO have underscored the disastrous strategic costs of the invasion for Russia. New York Times, 3 June 2022 Even more transformative changes are in the pipeline, with Sweden and Finland set to end their decades-long policy of neutrality by joining the bloc. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 30 May 2022 The cutoff comes days after Finland and Sweden reversed a decades-old policy of neutrality and sought to join NATO. Tribune News Service, al, 21 May 2022 Finland on Sunday formally announced its intention to join NATO, ditching decades of neutrality and ignoring Russian threats of possible retaliation in a bid to strengthen its security following the onset of the war in Ukraine. Chris Liakos And Anna Cooban, CNN, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Neutrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutrality. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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