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.
Recent Examples on the Web Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is under fire globally for deforestation of the Amazon, committed today that the country will strive for carbon neutrality by 2050, 10 years earlier than its previous climate pledge. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 About a week after Wright’s speech circulated, Germany invaded the Soviet Union, ending their nonaggression pact and the Communist Party’s rationale for neutrality. Colin Asher, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 The European Union will press China to aim for climate neutrality by 2060 or eventually face punitive carbon tariffs during a summit on Monday (14 September) aimed at concluding a bilateral trade agreement by the end of the year. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 14 Sep. 2020 The tech giants such as Microsoft and Amazon have already started to actively reduce the carbon emissions from their end with their 2030 goal of carbon neutrality. Gaurav Aggarwal, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The European Union plans to spend $1 trillion to reach its goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050. David Hodari, WSJ, 11 May 2021 Energy usage by large, old buildings like the Empire State Building represents a huge obstacle to cities’ dreams of carbon neutrality. Time, 10 May 2021 The bureau needed to have a proactive communication strategy to counteract that perception and restore its image of neutrality, Saenz said. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Building owners who already face a proliferating list of requirements — including carbon-neutrality deadlines and installation of emergency radio systems, staircase lights and glass lobby doors for fire control — may resist another set of mandates. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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11 Jun 2021

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“Neutrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutrality. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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