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[noo-tral-i-tee, nyoo-]
  1. the state of being neutral.
  2. the policy or status of a nation that does not participate in a war between other nations: the continuous neutrality of Switzerland.
  3. neutral status, as of a seaport during a war.
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Origin of neutrality

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at neutral, -ity
Related formsan·ti·neu·tral·i·ty, nounnon·neu·tral·i·ty, nounsem·i·neu·tral·i·ty, nounun·neu·tral·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-neutrality


  1. the state or character of being neutral, esp in a dispute, contest, etc
  2. the condition of being chemically or electrically neutral
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Word Origin and History for non-neutrality



late 15c., "the neutral party in any dispute," from Middle French neutralite (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin neutralitatem (nominative neutralitas), from Latin neutralis (see neutral). Meaning "a neutral attitude" is from late 15c.

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