[ noo-truh-liz-uh m, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu trəˌlɪz əm, ˈnyu- /


the policy or advocacy of maintaining strict neutrality in foreign affairs.
Biology. the theory that some changes in evolution are governed by random mutations that become fixed in populations by chance rather than by natural selection.

Origin of neutralism

First recorded in 1570–80; neutral + -ism

Related forms

an·ti·neu·tral·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neutralism


/ (ˈnjuːtrəˌlɪzəm) /


(in international affairs) the policy, practice, or attitude of neutrality, noninvolvement, or nonalignment with power blocs

Derived Forms

neutralist, noun, adjective
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