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.

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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 Serbia, which claims military neutrality, is negotiating additional arms purchases from Russia, including attack and transport helicopters and air defense systems. Dusan Stojanovic, Fox News, "Serbia takes delivery of 2 Russian fighter jets," 21 Aug. 2018 In recent years, Copenhagen upped its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Cities have 15 months to reverse climate change, says new report," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of neutrality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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