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 neutral (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ adverb
neutralness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for neutral

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 solution: varying intensities of blue as a neutral in each room to create calm. Jennifer Fernandez, Better Homes & Gardens, "Upbeat Colors and Rehabbed Rescues Take This 1920s New Jersey Foursquare from Basic to Bold," 23 Apr. 2021 The key is to choose something with a subtle texture and color variation that still acts as a neutral. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, "Five Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for 2021," 14 Apr. 2021 Exuding charm, romance, and hope, a dusty pink color can be worn as a neutral. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, "Summer Color Trends That Double as Mood Boosters," 13 Apr. 2021 Balance those statement kicks by keeping the rest of the outfit neutral, but with interesting silhouettes. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "5 Ways to Perfectly Style White Jeans," 12 Apr. 2021 Sustainably farmed, certified carbon neutral, and Mevushal Kosher for Passover. Washington Post, "Usher in spring with this delightfully crisp sauvignon blanc that costs just $14," 19 Mar. 2021 For a glam neutral, choose a wallpaper with dramatic gold veining to mimic the pattern of marble. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Easy Ways Get the Look of Marble in Every Room," 25 Feb. 2021 Apply the soft neutral on large surface areas, such as walls or bedding, to create a calming backdrop. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate with Pantone's 2021 Colors of the Year," 10 Dec. 2020 The colors are muted tones that feel like a neutral. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "The Single Fashion Item That Got Me Through 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Vista Jet said this week that its entire organization—including operations and all flights—will be carbon neutral by 2025. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "In a Push to Sustainability, Private Aviation Embraces Carbon-Offset Programs and Low-Emission Fuel," 29 Apr. 2021 Orlando’s goal is to be carbon-neutral by 2050, while the other three cities have a variety of city-government and citywide goals. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Earth Day features climate change efforts, including Florida mayors’ contest to cut carbon," 22 Apr. 2021 The clean formulas are also naturally-derived and designed to be gender-neutral. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, "2021’s Best New Sustainable Beauty Products Have Circularity in Mind," 22 Apr. 2021 In 2009, European officials decided to declare biomass energy — basically, the burning of wood or other plants, rather than fossil fuels — to be carbon neutral. New York Times, "There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.," 19 Apr. 2021 The project could help the city of Houston achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Darren W. Woods And Joe Blommaert, WSJ, "ExxonMobil’s Plan to Capture Carbon," 19 Apr. 2021 Apple is already carbon neutral for our direct emissions, and by 2030, our carbon footprint will net to zero — from our supply chain down to the energy used to charge an iPhone. Lisa P. Jackson, Time, "Lisa P. Jackson: The Fight Against Climate Change Is a Fight for People," 15 Apr. 2021 China is a key signatory of the Paris Agreement and has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Bitcoin mining in China could soon generate as much carbon emissions as some European countries, study finds," 15 Apr. 2021 Industry trade group Airlines for America said last month its members pledged to work to be carbon neutral by 2050, a pledge United made in December. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Got ‘flight shame’? United gives passengers the option to buy sustainable jet fuel to help air travel go green," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of neutral was in the 15th century

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“Neutral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutral. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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