neu·​tral·​i·​ty nü-ˈtra-lə-tē How to pronounce neutrality (audio)
: 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 Advertisement On the heels of the historic ruling, the United States with a gang of Western allies, decisively traded in any vestige of neutrality and empathy to act against the International Court of Justice by cutting off funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Free trade, open markets, innovation, and the rule of law transformed Sweden into the fourth-richest country per capita on the planet by 1970, helped by abundant natural resources for export and a policy of neutrality during the world wars. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 Experts cited human rights violations in building the stadiums as well as a false claim of carbon neutrality. Devika Rao, theweek, 30 Jan. 2024 The government had agreed to export the tanks only on the condition that they would not be passed on to Ukraine, to ensure Switzerland stuck to its tradition of military neutrality. Bastian Benrath,, 30 Jan. 2024 Rapid electrification is critical to achieving our city’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 — and must be done equitably. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Sweden had not previously indicated an interest in becoming a full NATO member and had adopted a posture of neutrality and nonalignment in the early 19th century, officially staying on the sidelines during major conflicts, including the world wars. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 The Emirati operation to support General Hamdan has been a source of alarm at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a global network that prides itself on neutrality. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Perhaps the recollection lapse has something to do with the delay in American entry into the brutal conflict, which didn’t come for almost three years, contravening an early declaration of determined neutrality. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutrality was in the 15th century

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“Neutrality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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neu·​tral·​i·​ty n(y)ü-ˈtral-ət-ē How to pronounce neutrality (audio)
: the quality or state of being neutral especially in time of war

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