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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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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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 Its -image as a diverse, harmonious nation with light regulations and political neutrality is a main reason the World Economic Forum holds its big annual meeting (which begins next week) in Davos. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Getty ImagesPool/Samir Hussein In general, senior members of the royal family (of which Meghan would probably be considered now) don’t usually opt to exercise their right to vote for the same reasons of neutrality. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Is Meghan Markle Voting? Kensington Palace Won't Say," 6 Nov. 2018 But if the Kremlin tramples on the agency’s neutrality, how will the West respond? Kamran Bokhari, WSJ, "The Kremlin’s Interpol Power Play," 20 Nov. 2018 Kempowski treats the encounter with an almost uncanny neutrality. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 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

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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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