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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Media's Self-Censors Many of America’s great newspapers have moved away from even the pretense of political neutrality. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Political Neutrality Is What Made American Newspapers Great," 10 July 2020 Poland is the only EU state refusing to pledge carbon neutrality by 2050. Vanessa Gera, The Christian Science Monitor, "Polish coal industry battered by virus as global demand plummets," 7 July 2020 The European Union’s executive arm blamed a series of technical mistakes after its top official threw her support behind the ruling conservative party in Croatia’s parliamentary elections, in breach of political neutrality guidelines. Washington Post, "EU top official criticized for breaching code of conduct," 6 July 2020 However, the growing number of women who fill these allegedly macho jobs are starting to speak up, and to push for gender neutrality in language. Rachel Lance, Scientific American, "Why Does the Phrase "Woman Scientist" Even Exist?," 2 July 2020 As part of streamlining the process, the A’s agreed to stricter environmental standards on the site, including the construction all LEED-Gold certified and full greenhouse-gas neutrality. Susan Slusser,, "A’s President Dave Kaval calls on Sierra Club to rescind letter to City Council," 29 June 2020 Even dead trees sequester carbon, contributing to California’s carbon neutrality goals. Jane Braxton Little, Wired, "The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy," 27 June 2020 But the law does not make any requirements about content, including about neutrality. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Justice Department proposes major overhaul of Sec. 230 protections," 17 June 2020 But neutrality is exclusion for the people who a lack of social justice affects on a daily basis. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Black Birders Call Out Racism, Say Nature Should Be For Everyone," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Neutrality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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