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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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neutral
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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  • Then senseless Ilium, Seeming to feel this blow, with flaming top Stoops to his base; and with a hideous crash Takes prisoner Pyrrhus’ ear: for lo! his sword, Which was declining on the milky head Of reverend Priam, seem’d i’ the air to stick: So, as a painted tyrant, Pyrrhus stood; And, like a neutral to his will and matter, Did nothing.

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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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