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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So, instead of generalizing an entire Spanish-speaking community by a using a masculine or feminine subtext, just opt for gender-neutrality. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds "Latinx" and More Than 840 Other Words," 5 Sep. 2018 Then that faux family photo came along and sabotaged my cool neutrality. Geoff Kronik,, "I always thought I was fine with not becoming a father. But then I wasn’t.," 22 June 2018 Our founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Sonia Sotomayor Delivers Sharp Dissent in Travel Ban Case," 26 June 2018 In pursuit of its carbon-neutrality goal, the university has reduced its emissions by 4.8 percent since 2015. Karen Farkas,, "Ohio State University joins new University Climate Change Coalition," 6 Feb. 2018 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

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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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