- not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others: a neutral nation during World War II.
- not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy: The arbitrator was absolutely neutral.
- of or belonging to a neutral state or party: neutral territory.
- of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; indefinite: a neutral personality that made no impression whatever; a sex-neutral job title.
- (of a color or shade)
- gray; without hue; of zero chroma; achromatic.
- matching well with many or most other colors or shades, as white or beige.
- Botany, Zoology. neuter.
- not causing or reflecting a change in something: It is believed that the new tax law will be revenue neutral.
- Chemistry. exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities: neutral salts.
- (of a particle) having no charge.
- (of an atom, molecule, collection of particles, fluid, or solid) having no net charge; electroneutral; not electrified.
- not magnetized.
- Phonetics. (of a vowel) pronounced with the tongue relaxed in a central position, as the a in alive; reduced.
- a person or a nation that remains neutral, as in a controversy or war.
- a citizen of a neutral nation during a war.
- Machinery, Automotive. the position or state of disengaged gears or other interconnecting parts: in neutral.
- a neutral color.
Origin of neutral
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Examples from the Web for neutral
The winter can be so drab—all greys, blacks, and neutral tones.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life
November 29, 2014
A key principle of Wikipedia was that articles should have a neutral point of view.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
The U.N. agency that runs schools and hospitals in Gaza is supposed to be neutral.Did the United Nations Give Rockets to Hamas?
July 20, 2014
Putin preys on the fact that the West thinks money and sport are neutral, or at least civilizing influences.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Like African-American civil rights leaders, they have made not just a neutral case but a positive moral case for equality.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning
July 6, 2014
A neutral was this good woman, and a well-wisher to each faction.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When I came to I put all the controls in neutral and came looking for you.
Labordette had arranged this interview with him on neutral ground.
And there is a neutral state which is neither pleasure nor pain?The Republic
But he guessed that the neutral wouldn't even have to lie very much.Tales Of Hearsay
- not siding with any party to a war or dispute
- of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etcneutral land
- of no distinctive quality, characteristics, or type; indifferent
- (of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
- (of a colour) dull, but harmonizing with most other colours
- a less common term for neuter (def. 2)
- chem neither acidic nor alkaline
- physics having zero charge or potential
- rare having no magnetism
- phonetics (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue relaxed in mid-central position and the lips midway between spread and roundedthe word ``about'' begins with a neutral vowel
- a neutral person, nation, etc
- a citizen of a neutral state
- the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged
Word Origin and History for neutral
late 15c., "composed of contrasting elements which, in proper proportion, neutralize each other," from Middle French neutral, from Latin neutralis "of neuter gender," from neuter (see neuter (adj.)). Chemistry sense is from 1660s. Sense of "not taking sides in a fight" (1540s) probably is from a similar meaning in Medieval Latin. Of colors, from 1821. Neutral corner is from boxing (1908).
mid-15c., "one who remains neutral," from Latin neutralis "of neuter gender," (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning "disengaged position in gear mechanisms" is from 1912.
- Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other; indifferent.
- Of or relating to a solution or compound that is neither acidic nor alkaline.
- Of or relating to a compound that does not ionize in solution.
- Of or relating to a particle, object, or system that has a net electric charge of zero.
- Neither acid nor alkaline.
- Having no inherent or net charge, especially electric charge.