neu·tral·i·ty | \nü-ˈtra-lə-tē, 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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The country adopted an official policy of neutrality. The newspaper is known for its political neutrality.

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Yet these ideological and political symbols have always fallen by the wayside, seen by Albanians as misguided attempts to coopt their identity — and violate the eagle’s unifying neutrality with an ideological message. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018 Meghan will have to balance her laudable desire to use her royal status to make the world a better place, with the discretion—or neutrality, almost—that is an inescapable part of the job. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 But Lelio opts for an insipid neutrality that does a disservice to both. Peter Keough,, "Rachel Weisz empowers ‘Disobedience’," 2 May 2018 On net neutrality, Kavanaugh, sided with conservatives, dissenting when courts upheld Obama’s net-neutrality regulations. Katherine Nails,, "Brett Kavanaugh: Fast facts about Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 California state lawmakers on Thursday announced a net-neutrality proposal after a previous plan was weakened last month in a State Assembly committee, The Washington Post's Brian Fung reports. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Spyware theft case offers a cautionary tale for encryption debate," 6 July 2018 In markets that lack net-neutrality protections (such as America), dominant internet providers might decide to give their own streaming services precedence over Netflix. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 Lively also has sued the Massachusetts GOP for $7 million, accusing the party of violating its neutrality rules in the primary. Fox News, "Massachusetts' GOP governor avoids liberal backlash to Trump, eyes re-election," 22 June 2018 The Patriots’ hope was that the Delawares could be coaxed out of neutrality with a favorable treaty. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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, nyü-\

Kids Definition of neutrality

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

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