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neutral
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: played at a neutral site Define
not favoring any side in a contest, war, disagreement, or other dispute
  • The intention was to make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible independent of consciousness.
  • No word in the B vocabulary was ideologically neutral.

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  • Life, if you looked about you, bore no resemblance not only to the lies that streamed out of the telescreens, but even to the ideals that the Party was trying to achieve. Great areas of it, even for a Party member, were neutral and non-political, a matter of slogging through dreary jobs, fighting for a place on the Tube, darning a worn-out sock, cadging a saccharine tablet, saving a cigarette end.

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  • Switzerland remained neutral during the Second World War.
  • The game will not be played at either school. Instead it will be played at a neutral site.

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as in: a carbon-neutral building Define
not affected by; or does not affect
  • In the crucial years, the fact that the Party was not a hereditary body did a great deal to neutralize opposition.
  • In his capacity as an administrator, it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war news is untruthful, and he may often be aware that the entire war is spurious and is either not happening or is being waged for purposes quite other than the declared ones: but such knowledge is easily neutralized by the technique of doublethink.

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  • All the bathrooms in the dorm are gender neutral.
  • This store only sells gender neutral clothing.

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as in: played at a neutral site Define
not favoring any side in a contest, war, disagreement, or other dispute
as in: a carbon-neutral building Define
not affected by; or does not affect
as in: decorated in neutral colors Define
bland (not striking in appearance or impression)
as in: Put the car in neutral. Define
gears are not engaged; or (metaphorically) nothing is happening
less common specialized meanings Define
specialized senses typically mean that something does not belong to either of two other opposite alternatives; such as:
  • chemistry: not acidic or alkaline
  • physics: not with a positive charge or with a negative charge
  • electric circuitry: with no voltage or electrical charge (though that is an informal simplification that would be dangerous if assumed in fact)


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