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neutral

[noo-truh l, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others:
a neutral nation during World War II.
2.
not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy:
The arbitrator was absolutely neutral.
3.
of or belonging to a neutral state or party:
neutral territory.
4.
of no particular kind, characteristics, etc.; indefinite:
a neutral personality that made no impression whatever; a sex-neutral job title.
5.
  1. gray; without hue; of zero chroma; achromatic.
  2. matching well with many or most other colors or shades, as white or beige.
6.
Botany, Zoology, neuter.
7.
not causing or reflecting a change in something:
It is believed that the new tax law will be revenue neutral.
8.
Chemistry. exhibiting neither acid nor alkaline qualities:
neutral salts.
9.
Physics.
  1. (of a particle) having no charge.
  2. (of an atom, molecule, collection of particles, fluid, or solid) having no net charge; electroneutral; not electrified.
  3. not magnetized.
10.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) pronounced with the tongue relaxed in a central position, as the a in alive; reduced.
noun
11.
a person or a nation that remains neutral, as in a controversy or war.
12.
a citizen of a neutral nation during a war.
13.
Machinery, Automotive. the position or state of disengaged gears or other interconnecting parts:
in neutral.
14.
a neutral color.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin neutrālis grammatically neuter. See neuter, -al1
Related forms
neutrally, adverb
antineutral, adjective, noun
antineutrally, adverb
nonneutral, adjective, noun
nonneutrally, adverb
quasi-neutral, adjective
quasi-neutrally, adverb
semineutral, adjective
unneutral, adjective
unneutrally, adverb
Synonyms
2. impartial, disinterested, dispassionate, uninvolved, unbiased.
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British Dictionary definitions for semineutral

neutral

/ˈnjuːtrəl/
adjective
1.
not siding with any party to a war or dispute
2.
of, belonging to, or appropriate to a neutral party, country, etc neutral land
3.
of no distinctive quality, characteristics, or type; indifferent
4.
(of a colour such as white or black) having no hue; achromatic
5.
(of a colour) dull, but harmonizing with most other colours
6.
a less common term for neuter (sense 2)
7.
(chem) neither acidic nor alkaline
8.
(physics) having zero charge or potential
9.
(rare) having no magnetism
10.
(phonetics) (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue relaxed in mid-central position and the lips midway between spread and rounded the word ``about'' begins with a neutral vowel
noun
11.
a neutral person, nation, etc
12.
a citizen of a neutral state
13.
the position of the controls of a gearbox that leaves the transmission disengaged
Derived Forms
neutrally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin neutrālis; see neuter
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Word Origin and History for semineutral
neutral
c.1449 as a noun, "one who remains neutral," from M.Fr. neutral, from L. neutralis "of neuter gender," from neuter (see neuter). The adj. sense of "not taking sides in a fight" is 1549, probably from a similar meaning in M.L. Meaning "disengaged position in gear mechanisms" is from 1912. Neutral corner (1952) is from boxing.
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semineutral in Medicine

neutral neu·tral (nōō'trəl, nyōō'-)
adj.

  1. Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other; indifferent.

  2. Of or relating to a solution or compound that is neither acidic nor alkaline.

  3. Of or relating to a compound that does not ionize in solution.

  4. Of or relating to a particle, an object, or a system that has a net electric charge of zero.

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semineutral in Science
neutral
  (n'trəl)   
  1. Neither acid nor alkaline.

  2. Having no inherent or net charge, especially electric charge.


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