Origin of neutrality
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- the state or character of being neutral, esp in a dispute, contest, etc
- the condition of being chemically or electrically neutral
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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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