neu·​tral·​i·​ty nü-ˈtra-lə-tē How to pronounce neutrality (audio)
: 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.

Examples of neutrality in a Sentence

The country adopted an official policy of neutrality. The newspaper is known for its political neutrality.
Recent Examples on the Web In the next two years, tensions escalated between the United States and Germany over violations of neutrality and freedom of the seas, coming to a head with the loss of American lives in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 June 2024 Maintaining viewpoint neutrality on challenging public issues is critically important, especially in situations where students and other university stakeholders on multiple sides of an issue are in vehement disagreement. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2024 Despite all this, maintaining a public facade of political neutrality has been central to Eurovision’s longevity. Louis Staples, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2024 Ethics experts say that the controversies call into question Alito’s political neutrality and commitment to the rule of law. Rich Lowry, National Review, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for neutrality 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutrality was in the 15th century

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“Neutrality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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neu·​tral·​i·​ty n(y)ü-ˈtral-ət-ē How to pronounce neutrality (audio)
: the quality or state of being neutral especially in time of war

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