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.

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Like blue, green is known for its peaceful ambiance and neutrality, Harrington says. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Good Housekeeping, "How Color Changes the Mood of Your Home, According to Experts," 22 May 2019 Wes Cook Band is very pleased to have entered into a productive dialogue with the Facebook policy and music teams regarding our video, and our personal concerns regarding the national interest of political neutrality in social media. James Rogers, Fox News, "Facebook, Wes Cook Band, work to resolve patriotic song 'censorship' row," 6 July 2018 Opposition leaders have repeatedly questioned the neutrality of the Independent National Electoral Commission and of the security agencies policing the poll, raising fears the result could be challenged on the streets. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 One condition of these waivers is budget neutrality. Dylan Scott, Vox, "We have a new worst-case scenario for Obamacare," 3 Dec. 2018 The first theme of Mr. Trump’s comments is neutrality toward Israel and the Palestinians. Daniel Pipes, WSJ, "Trump’s Mideast ‘Deal of the Century’ May Be a Raw One for Israel," 23 Jan. 2019 According to its website, the goal is to make the Paris agreement — a plan to confront global warming and achieve climate neutrality — a reality. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg Schooled World Leaders on Climate Change at a United Nations Summit," 5 Dec. 2018 In any fighting between the United States and Soviet Union, Swedish forces would likely observe strict neutrality—unless the fighting took place in Swedish territory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Swedish Pilots Win Medals for Top Secret 1987 SR-71 Incident," 29 Nov. 2018 This is legislating neutrality rather than letting the FCC ping pong back and forth. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna explains his ‘internet bill of rights’," 6 Oct. 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 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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