What does neutral mean?

Definitions for neutral
ˈnu trəl, ˈnyu-neu·tral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neutraladjective

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

  2. impersonal, neutraladjective

    having no personal preference

    "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer"

  3. inert, indifferent, neutraladjective

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

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

  4. neutraladjective

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

  5. neutraladjective

    possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics

  6. achromatic, neutraladjective

    having no hue

    "neutral colors like black or white"

  7. neutraladjective

    lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics

    "a neutral personality that made no impression whatever"

  8. neutral, electroneutraladjective

    having no net electric charge

Wiktionary

  1. neutralnoun

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  2. neutralnoun

    A person who takes no side in a dispute.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  3. neutralnoun

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  4. neutralnoun

    A neutral hue.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  5. neutralnoun

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  6. neutralnoun

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  7. neutraladjective

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  8. neutraladjective

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  9. neutraladjective

    Neither positive nor negative.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  10. neutraladjective

    Neither beneficial nor harmful.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  11. neutraladjective

    Having no sex; neuter.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  12. neutraladjective

    Having no obvious colour; gray

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  13. neutraladjective

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

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

  14. neutraladjective

    Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.

    Etymology: From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neutraladjective

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

    Etymology: [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter.]

  2. Neutraladjective

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

    Etymology: [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter.]

  3. Neutraladjective

    neuter. See Neuter, a., 3

    Etymology: [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter.]

  4. Neutraladjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter.]

  5. Neutralnoun

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

    Etymology: [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

    A person that chooses to listen and allow a person to express their feelings and respects their opinion and creates together a peaceful, loving, fair and just solution.

    In peacetalks its wise to have a neutral person to chair the talks so just and fair solutions can be created with people.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

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

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Numerology

  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. Sandra Steingraber:

    You can’t be neutral when people are being harmed, that’s like telling people who did studies on the carcinogenic effects of tobacco smoke to be neutral about smoking.

  2. Justice Department:

    The record evidence demonstrates that Harvard's race-based admissions process significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants compared to applicants of other racial groups -- including both white applicants and applicants from other racial minority groups, the evidence, moreover, shows that Harvard provides no meaningful criteria to cabin its use of race ; uses a vague' personal rating' that harms Asian-American applicants' chances for admission and may be infected with racial bias ; engages in unlawful racial balancing ; and has never seriously considered race-neutral alternatives in its more than 45 years of using race to make admissions decisions.

  3. Rick Parks:

    Don't pressure your partner to change to your planner, i would recommend a fresh approach, and choosing someone who is neutral to either side.

  4. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez:

    The stakes for our great country are too high -- and the differences between the candidates too great -- for me to remain neutral in this race. I wholeheartedly trust Marco to keep us safe and ensure a better tomorrow.

  5. Yoshihide Suga:

    We are looking into a package sufficient to underpin an economic recovery while achieving a digitalised, carbon-neutral post-pandemic society.

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