un neutral


[noo-truhl, nyoo-]
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.
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.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin neutrālis grammatically neuter. See neuter, -al1

neutrally, adverb
antineutral, adjective, noun
antineutrally, adverb
nonneutral, adjective, noun
nonneutrally, adverb
quasi-neutral, adjective
quasi-neutrally, adverb
semineutral, adjective
unneutral, adjective
unneutrally, adverb

2. impartial, disinterested, dispassionate, uninvolved, unbiased.
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neutral (ˈnjuːtrəl)
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
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
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
[C16: from Latin neutrālis; see neuter]

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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

neutral neu·tral (nōō'trəl, nyōō'-)

  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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Science Dictionary
neutral   (n'trəl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Neither acid nor alkaline.

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

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