What does neutral mean?

Definitions for neutral
ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu-neu·tral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neutral(adj)

    one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

  2. impersonal, neutral(adj)

    having no personal preference

    "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer"

  3. inert, indifferent, neutral(adj)

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"

  4. neutral(adj)

    not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest

  5. neutral(adj)

    possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics

  6. achromatic, neutral(adj)

    having no hue

    "neutral colors like black or white"

  7. neutral(adj)

    lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics

    "a neutral personality that made no impression whatever"

  8. neutral, electroneutral(adj)

    having no net electric charge


  1. neutral(Noun)

    A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state.

  2. neutral(Noun)

    A person who takes no side in a dispute.

  3. neutral(Noun)

    An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal).

  4. neutral(Noun)

    A neutral hue.

  5. neutral(Noun)

    The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism.

  6. neutral(Noun)

    An electrical terminal or conductor which has zero or close to zero voltage with respect to the ground.

  7. neutral(Adjective)

    Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.

  8. neutral(Adjective)

    Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.

  9. neutral(Adjective)

    Neither positive nor negative.

  10. neutral(Adjective)

    Neither beneficial nor harmful.

  11. neutral(Adjective)

    Having no sex; neuter.

  12. neutral(Adjective)

    Having no obvious colour; gray

  13. neutral(Adjective)

    Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.

  14. neutral(Adjective)

    Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.

  15. Origin: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neutral(adj)

    not engaged on either side; not taking part with or assisting either of two or more contending parties; neuter; indifferent

  2. Neutral(adj)

    neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not decided or pronounced

  3. Neutral(adj)

    neuter. See Neuter, a., 3

  4. Neutral(adj)

    having neither acid nor basic properties; unable to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with acid, and alkaline

  5. Neutral(noun)

    a person or a nation that takes no part in a contest between others; one who is neutral

  6. Origin: [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neutral

    nū′tral, adj. being neuter, indifferent: taking no part on either side: unbiassed: neither very good nor very bad, of no decided character: having no decided colour, bluish or grayish: (chem.) neither acid nor alkaline.—n. a person or nation that takes no part in a contest.—n. Neutralisā′tion.—v.t. Neu′tralise, to declare by convention any nation permanently neutral or neutral during certain hostilities: to make inert: to render of no effect.—ns. Neu′traliser; Neutral′ity, state of taking no part on either of two sides: those who are neutral.—adv. Neu′trally.—Neutral tint, a dull grayish colour; Neutral vowel, the vowel-sound heard in but, firm, her, &c., and commonly in unaccented syllables.—Armed neutrality, the condition of a neutral power ready to repel aggression from either belligerent. [L. neutralisneuter, neither.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. neutral

    In combat and combat support operations, an identity applied to a track whose characteristics, behavior, origin, or nationality indicate that it is neither supporting nor opposing friendly forces. See also hostile; suspect; unknown.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. neutral

    Not engaged on either side; not taking part with either of contending parties; neuter.

  2. neutral

    A person or nation that takes no part in a contest between others.

Editors Contribution

  1. neutral

    Having a pH of seven.

    Distilled water is neutral and has a pH of seven.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 14, 2016  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'neutral' in Adjectives Frequency: #743

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neutral in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neutral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of neutral in a Sentence

  1. Dan Ivascyn:

    We're neutral on energy bonds.

  2. Jennifer Fonstad:

    We are gender neutral as a firm.

  3. Andre Jurjus:

    When you are a neutral market facilitator you cannot be a market party.

  4. Britta Seeger:

    We are very serious about contributing to climate-neutral innovation of the future.

  5. Clay Calvert:

    Juries generally do not like the media, the appellate court is a little more neutral.

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