neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈnü-trəl How to pronounce neutral (audio) , ˈnyü-\

Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that is neutral The two countries were neutrals while their neighbors were at war.
2 : a neutral color She painted the room in neutrals.
3 : a position of disengagement (as of gears) He put the car in neutral.

neutral

adjective

Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not engaged on either side specifically : not aligned with a political or ideological grouping a neutral nation
2 : of or relating to a neutral state or power neutral territory
3a : not decided or pronounced as to characteristics : indifferent
b(1) : achromatic
(2) : nearly achromatic
(2) : lacking stamens or pistils
d : neither acid nor basic
e : not electrically charged
4 : produced with the tongue in the position it has when at rest the neutral vowels of \ə-ˈbəv\ above

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Other Words from neutral

Adjective

neutrally \ ˈnü-​trə-​lē How to pronounce neutrally (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ adverb
neutralness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for neutral

Synonyms: Adjective

nonpartisan

Antonyms: Adjective

allied, confederate

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Examples of neutral in a Sentence

Noun

He put the car in neutral. Their sister remained a neutral in the dispute. The two countries were neutrals while their neighbors were at war.

Adjective

He remained neutral while his brothers argued. She tries to be a fair and neutral journalist. The battle took place in neutral waters. The duel will be held on neutral ground. The report was written in neutral language. “Why did you do that?” he asked in a neutral tone of voice.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The headboard mimics a throne, and the neutrals and gold accents make sense for the daughter of a mob boss. Ilana Kaplan, Curbed, "Why we’re obsessed with the TV teen bedroom," 14 Aug. 2019 Warm, sunkissed neutrals make for a calming backdrop, while mason jars and ceramic pitchers filled with wildflowers keep the look grounded in the wild West. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 2019 In vacation-ready tropical prints, tie dyes, and warm neutrals, these slip dresses will be your new best (and vacation-ready) friend. Vogue, "Street Style Stars Prove There’s A Slip Dress for Every Occasion," 30 July 2019 The game was played whilst most football fans in Europe will have been asleep, so maybe the neutrals might have a slightly different take. SI.com, "Real Madrid 3-7 Atletico Madrid: Twitter Reaction & Review to Utterly Bizarre Pre-Season Goal Fest," 27 July 2019 The line has a mix of day and night pieces in both summery pastels and classic neutrals. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Emily Ratajkowski Just Launched a Clothing Collaboration with Nasty Gal: Shop It Now," 19 June 2019 For the rainy appearance, Meghan went for monochrome neutrals, opting for a beige coat by Armani and a cozy turtleneck dress by H&M's maternity line, Mama, royal correspondent Emily Nash reported. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Pairs Armani with H&M for a Chic Monochrome Neutral Look," 16 Jan. 2019 For a more elegant style, start by mixing metallic neutrals with rich color accents, like silver bedding with blue decorative pillows. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This Four-Poster Bed Will Totally Transform Your Bedroom," 27 June 2019 Because craftsman homes feature such rich wood details, Berkowitz suggests balancing neutrals with pops of color when decorating. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The True Beauty of Craftsman-Style Homes," 14 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

One question from the commission, which all candidates had to answer, did indirectly address whether Montgomery could remain neutral given his past involvement in hot-button issues. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Bill Montgomery makes short list for appointment to Arizona Supreme Court; 6 others are finalists," 26 July 2019 According to My Modern Met, the city has pledged for its transportation systems to be carbon neutral by 2028 and is introducing 55 electric buses into its fleet by the end of this year. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Dutch city transforms bus stops with bee-friendly green roofs," 26 July 2019 The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has not endorsed a candidate, and the Texas Democratic Party remains neutral in primaries but released statements lauding all three candidates. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: An early look at which Democrats qualify for the 3rd debate," 22 July 2019 The investors want the cement producers to commit to being carbon neutral by 2050. Charles Riley, CNN, "The cement industry produces more CO2 emissions than most countries. It may not survive," 22 July 2019 Maersk aims for its ships to be carbon neutral by 2050. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maritime Operators Set Full Speed Ahead for Cleaner Ships," 3 July 2019 Tillerson, surprised when Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced the blockade some time later, indicated the U.S. would remain neutral, since Qatar is also an important ally. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson describes Jared Kushner’s secret diplomacy," 27 June 2019 The company has been and remains neutral on the bill, according to company spokesman Brad Blaser. oregonlive.com, "Local beer, coffee companies pull any support from Oregon’s controversial climate bill," 27 June 2019 LaRose was accompanied in Columbus Tuesday by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who made a similar pledge to remain politically neutral during the 2020 election. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio’s Secretary of State says he’s not endorsing anyone in 2020," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of neutral

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neutral

Adjective and Noun

Middle English neuterall mutually neutralizing, from Medieval Latin *neutralis, back-formation from neutralitas middle ground, from Latin neutralis neuter, from neutr-, neuter

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neutral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a color that is not bright or strong : a neutral color
: the position of the gears in a car, truck, etc., when they do not touch each other and power from the engine does not move the wheels
: a person, country, etc., that does not support either side of an argument, fight, war, etc.

neutral

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

: not supporting either side of an argument, fight, war, etc.
: not supporting one political view over another
: not connected with either side involved in a war, contest, etc.

neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈnü-trəl How to pronounce neutral (audio) , ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or group that does not favor either side in a quarrel, contest, or war
2 : a grayish color or color that is not bright
3 : a position of gears (as in the transmission of a motor vehicle) in which they are not in contact

neutral

adjective

Kids Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not favoring either side in a quarrel, contest, or war
2 : of or relating to a country that doesn't favor either side in a dispute neutral territory
3 : not strong in opinion or feeling My feelings toward work are neutral.
4 : having a color that is not bright : grayish neutral walls
5 : neither acid nor basic
6 : not electrically charged

neutral

noun
neu·​tral | \ ˈn(y)ü-trəl How to pronounce neutral (audio) \

Medical Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a neutral color

neutral

adjective

Medical Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not decided or pronounced as to characteristics
2a : totally lacking in saturation : achromatic
b : not decided in color : nearly achromatic : of low saturation
3 : neither acid nor basic : neither acid nor alkaline specifically : having a pH value of 7.0 a neutral solution contains both hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions at the same concentration 1.00×10−7 — Linus Pauling
4 : not electrically charged

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neutral

noun
neu·​tral

Legal Definition of neutral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is neutral specifically : an impartial person used in alternative dispute resolution to help resolve or to determine the matters in dispute

neutral

adjective

Legal Definition of neutral (Entry 2 of 2)

: not engaged on either side specifically : not aligned with a political or ideological grouping

Other Words from neutral

neutrally adverb
neutralness noun

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