[ noo-truhl, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu- /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM neutral
neu·tral·ly, adverban·ti·neu·tral, adjective, nounan·ti·neu·tral·ly, adverbnon·neu·tral, adjective, noun
non·neu·tral·ly, adverbqua·si-neu·tral, adjectivequa·si-neu·tral·ly, adverbsem·i·neu·tral, adjectiveun·neu·tral, adjectiveun·neu·tral·ly, adverb
Words nearby neutral
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British Dictionary definitions for non-neutral
/ (ˈnjuːtrəl) /
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
Derived forms of neutralneutrally, adverb
Word Origin for neutral
C16: from Latin neutrālis; see neuter
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Medical definitions for non-neutral
[ nōō′trəl ]
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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Scientific definitions for non-neutral
[ nōō′trəl ]
Neither acid nor alkaline.
Having no inherent or net charge, especially electric charge.
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