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

Instead, there were the Jonas Brothers in Fendi neutrals. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste," 28 Aug. 2019 As the fall season approaches, neutrals are a classic a way to start designing for the months ahead. Sophia Vassiliou, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Back to school marks unofficial beginning of fall," 24 Aug. 2019 In each of the brand's five 10-shade renditions of Mothership sit a stunning mix of shimmering neutrals alongside purely unique glitters in shades that shift colors in direct light like something that came from outer space. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs Just Unveiled Its Next Mothership Eye Shadow Palette," 22 Aug. 2019 Buffy Buffy’s new line comes in three millennial-friendly neutrals dyed with natural ingredients. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sick of white sheets? Buffy now offers eco-friendly colored bedding," 19 Aug. 2019 These new suits can be in neutrals or brights, classic menswear fabrics or rich jacquards that can be worn for special occasion or evening. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 Lyra’s suits come in elegant neutrals, with the occasional inset print. Glamour, "How to Shop for a Modest Swimsuit," 23 May 2019 The result is the Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton, a 30-piece line of menswear essentials like the overcoat, the blazer, the chino and the low-top sneaker, to name a few, rendered largely in versatile neutrals.... Christine Whitney, WSJ, "Preview Virgil Abloh’s Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton," 25 Apr. 2019 On the street level, the lobby is decorated in subdued neutrals and artistic light fixtures. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "In-house musician plays for residents, lives for free at River North apartment," 24 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Goals and rules The report comes as the Federal Aviation Administration works toward a goal of carbon-neutral growth for the industry by 2020. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "Rising Emissions Overshadow Airlines’ Fuel Efficiency Gains," 12 Sep. 2019 There’ll be a gender-neutral bathroom on the plane. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The 5 most outrageous jokes from Bill Burr's Netflix comedy special Paper Tiger," 10 Sep. 2019 She's also pitched a $10 trillion spending plan that sets out for the United States to reach the goal of 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump," 5 Sep. 2019 The former mayor of Newark and New Jersey senator laid out his $3 trillion plan, which would aim for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030 and a carbon-neutral economy by 2045. Katie Palmer, Quartz, "The most important takeaways from the Democrats’ climate town hall," 5 Sep. 2019 Kamala Harris Harris has outlined a $10 trillion plan to address climate change with the aim of having net-zero emissions by 2045 and 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 And equally importantly, fires in the savannah burn mainly dry grasses that regrow each year: the CO₂ released by fires in grasslands is reabsorbed by the growth of new grass the next year, meaning such fires are nearly carbon-neutral within a year. Colin Beale, Quartz Africa, "Scientists say comparing the Amazon rainforest fires to burning grasslands in Africa is misleading," 31 Aug. 2019 Tar Heels also a money-burning 3-7-1 in neutral site games the last decade. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Bo Nix is a liability; So are Alabama linebackers," 29 Aug. 2019 Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has made worldwide headlines for her carbon-neutral journey to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Grace Kelly's Grandson, Pierre Casiraghi, Is Sailing with Climate Activist Greta Thunberg," 22 Aug. 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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