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


  1. neutralnoun

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

  2. neutralnoun

    A person who takes no side in a dispute.

  3. neutralnoun

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

  4. neutralnoun

    A neutral hue.

  5. neutralnoun

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

  6. neutralnoun

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

  7. neutraladjective

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

  8. neutraladjective

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

  9. neutraladjective

    Neither positive nor negative.

  10. neutraladjective

    Neither beneficial nor harmful.

  11. neutraladjective

    Having no sex; neuter.

  12. neutraladjective

    Having no obvious colour; gray

  13. neutraladjective

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

  14. neutraladjective

    Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Neutraladjective

    Etymology: neutral, French.

    Who can be wise, amaz’d, temp’rate and furious,
    Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man. William Shakespeare.

    He no sooner heard that king Henry was settled by his victory, but forthwith he sent ambassadors unto him, to pray that he would stand neutral. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    The allies may be supplied for money, from Denmark and other neutral states. Joseph Addison, on the War.

    Some things good, and some things ill do seem,
    And neutral some, in her fantastic eye. Davies.

    Salts which are neither acid nor alkaline, are called neutral. Arbuthnot.

  2. Neutralnoun

    One who does not act nor engage on either side.

    The treacherous who have misled others, and the neutrals and the false-hearted friends and followers, who have started aside like a broken bow, are to be noted. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neutraladjective

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

  2. Neutraladjective

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

  3. Neutraladjective

    neuter. See Neuter, a., 3

  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

  5. Neutralnoun

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

  6. 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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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for neutral »

  1. unalter

  2. laurent

  3. unalert

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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. Jason Johnson:

    The only reason that we're talking about critical race theory is because Glenn Youngkin had 18 months to convince people that Glenn Youngkin was not a fire-breathing horns out of Glenn Youngkin skull racist. You can only talk about critical race theory if you present yourself as the kind of neutral white guy who’s like, ‘ I don't dislike brown people, I just think this is going a little too far. ’ So it only works if you've been able to present yourself as neutral or non-hostile on race issues. That's not something that a lot of Republicans are very good at.

  2. Anthony Kennedy:

    The commission's hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment's guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.

  3. Bill Adams:

    I expect Federal Reserve to signal another half-percentage-point hike is likely at their next decision in June, and that additional hikes — probably no specifics on the number or magnitude — are coming in the second half of the year, federal Reserve wants short-term interest rates to get back to a level that is at least neutral -- meaning neither adding or subtracting to growth -- as fast as possible without causing turmoil in financial markets.

  4. Lei Ming:

    Since then, all young women nationwide find that girls who are dressed as guys are no less handsome and more sexually attractive and secure than real guys, in the subculture, neutral-looking, slender and short-hair girls resemble the ideal male image in the world of manga (Japanese comics). This positioning appeals to a lot of people of the new generation.

  5. Narayana Kocherlakota:

    This would offset the impact of a decline in the long-run neutral real rate of interest by giving the( Fed) more' policy space' to respond to adverse shocks.

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