Neutral meaning

no͝otrəl, nyo͝o-
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The definition of neutral is not taking part in a fight or war or having very little color.

An example of neutral is a person who does not take sides in an argument between two friends.

An example of neutral is the color tan.

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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a nation not taking part in a war or not aligning itself with either side in a power struggle.
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(mech.) A disengaged position of gears, in which they do not transmit power from the engine to the operating parts.
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Neither acid nor alkaline.
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Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.

I am neutral regarding the issue of gay marriage.

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Having no inherent or net charge, especially electric charge.
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A rating used by Wall Street analysts. Even though neutral implies the lack of an opinion, a neutral rating is a code phrase for a sell rating. The word sell is rarely used in order to avoid offending clients and preventing the investment bank that the analyst works for from winning future lucrative banking business from the client. The term market perform also may be used to indicate a neutral opinion.
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Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
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(grammar) Neither positive nor negative.
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Neither beneficial nor harmful.
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(biology) Having no sex; neuter.
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Having no obvious colour; gray.
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(physics) Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
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(chemistry) Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.
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A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state.
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A person who takes no side in a dispute.
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An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal).
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A neutral hue.
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The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism.
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An electrical terminal or conductor which has zero or close to zero voltage with respect to the ground.
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Not aligned with, supporting, or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest.
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Belonging to neither side in a controversy.

On neutral ground.

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Belonging to neither kind; not one thing or the other.
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Sexless; neuter.
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Of or indicating a color, such as gray, black, or white, that lacks hue; achromatic.
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(linguistics) Pronounced with the tongue in a middle position, neither high nor low, as the a in around.
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One who takes no side in a controversy.
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A neutral hue.
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A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.
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A member of a confederacy of Iroquoian-speaking Native American peoples formerly inhabiting the northern shore of Lake Erie. The Neutral were destroyed by the Iroquois in the mid-1600s.
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Having little or no decided color; not vivid.

Beige is a neutral color.

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(chem.) Giving neither acid nor alkaline reaction.
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(elec.) Neither negative nor positive; uncharged.
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(phonet.) Articulated with the tongue relaxed and in the mid-central position, as the vowel in most unstressed syllables, the (ə)
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A nation not taking part in a war or conflict; neutral power.
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A neutral person or a citizen of a neutral country.
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A neutral color.
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Origin of neutral

  • Middle English neuteral from Old French neutral from Latin neutrālis grammatically neuter from neuter neutr- neuter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French neutral (French: neutre), from Latin neutralis.

    From Wiktionary