neutral

[noo-truhl, nyoo-]
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adjective

noun


Origin of neutral

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin neutrālis grammatically neuter. See neuter, -al1
Related formsneu·tral·ly, adverban·ti·neu·tral, adjective, nounan·ti·neu·tral·ly, adverbnon·neu·tral, adjective, nounnon·neu·tral·ly, adverbqua·si-neu·tral, adjectivequa·si-neu·tral·ly, adverbsem·i·neu·tral, adjectiveun·neu·tral, adjectiveun·neu·tral·ly, adverb

Synonyms for neutral

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British Dictionary definitions for non-neutral

neutral

adjective

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

noun

a neutral person, nation, etc
a citizen of a neutral state
the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged
Derived Formsneutrally, adverb

Word Origin for neutral

C16: from Latin neutrālis; see neuter
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Word Origin and History for non-neutral

neutral

n.

mid-15c., "one who remains neutral," from Latin neutralis "of neuter gender," (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning "disengaged position in gear mechanisms" is from 1912.

neutral

adj.

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).

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non-neutral in Medicine

neutral

[nōōtrəl]

adj.

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.
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non-neutral in Science

neutral

[nōōtrəl]

Neither acid nor alkaline.
Having no inherent or net charge, especially electric charge.
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