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neutral

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1  —as in:
played at a neutral site
Definition not favoring any side in a contest, war, disagreement, or other dispute
  • Switzerland remained neutral during the Second World War.
neutral = not taking either side
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The game will not be played at either school. Instead it will be played at a neutral site.
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    Elie Wiesel (Nobel Acceptance Speech)
  • neutrality = not taking a side in a conflict
  • They'd all met there yesterday, on neutral ground.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • "Hey," says Hayden, "I'm Switzerland: neutral as can be, and also good with chocolate."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • Mayella's hostility, which had subsided to grudging neutrality, flared again.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • neutrality = not favoring any side in a disagreement
  • I guess even though she was neutral, she didn't want to be seen with me.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • "Nah, I'm neutral," Seven says.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • Thus, therefore, the floor of our familiar room has become a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • neutral = not favoring either side
  • Except for Savanna's group, the girls were neutral at first.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
neutral = not favoring either side

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2  —as in:
a carbon-neutral building
Definition not affected by; or does not affect
The expression [x] neutral means two things do not affect each other. More specifically, it means one of two things depending upon context:
  • something is not affected by x — for example "a revenue neutral tax plan" does not affect the amount of revenue collected. (It might raise taxes in one area and reduce them in another so that the total tax revenue is unchanged.)
  • something does not affect x — for example "a carbon neutral home" is a home that does not affect carbon. Part of its design might include using solar energy to control climate rather than burning fossil fuels.
  • All the bathrooms in the dorm are gender neutral.
neutral = not affected (in this case, bathrooms can be used by any gender)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This store only sells gender neutral clothing.
  • neutral = not affected (in this case, clothes made to be worn regardless of gender)
  • Admissions at that college are race neutral.
  • neutral = not affected (in this case, admissions are not affected by gender)
  • The committee is suggesting some cost neutral improvements.
  • neutral = not affected (in this case, improvements that do not affect cost)
  • They're encouraging the use of Mx. as a gender-neutral replacement for Mr. and Ms.
  • neutral = not affected (in this case, a title not affected by gender)
  • Made from all natural ingredients, it neutralizes odor-causing fungi and bacteria.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • neutralizes = makes something have no effect
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • In the crucial years, the fact that the Party was not a hereditary body did a great deal to neutralize opposition.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • neutralize = make something so it has no effect
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • Sometimes, though, when his heartbeat neutralized and his body became functional again, he would turn off the lamp and stand in the darkness of the basement.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
neutralized = stopped being so strong
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)

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3  —as in:
decorated in neutral colors
Definition bland (not striking in appearance or impression)
  • All the apartments I've looked at have such boring neutral colors.
neutral = bland (not striking in appearance)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The painting would look best in a room of neutral colors, so it will stand out.
  • neutral = bland (not striking in appearance)
  • So they had to keep on neutral subjects.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • neutral = non-controversial
  • The one girl picked a nice neutral shade, so it wasn't too bad.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • neutral = not striking in appearance
  • Mrs. van Daan, Dussel and I were doing the dishes, and I was extremely quiet. This is very unusual for me and they were sure to notice, so in order to avoid any questions, I quickly racked my brains for a neutral topic.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • neutral = non-controversial
  • It dropped no bombs, passing peacefully overhead, but its appearance was a telling sign of how far over Japan the Americans were now venturing, and how little resistance the Japanese could offer. ... At the work sites, the prisoners hid their excitement behind neutral faces to avoid provoking the guards, who were unusually tense and hostile.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • neutral = not showing feelings or opinions
  • The answer came in a neutral way.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • neutral = not striking
  • So he stood still, holding his expression neutral, as the second swing connected with his head.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • neutral = not showing feelings or opinions
  • She heard his voice before she saw him, another tone, slightly lower than David's and slightly more nasal, with a neutral northern accent; crisp air, edged with snow, floated into the room with every syllable.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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4  —as in:
Put the car in neutral.
Definition gears are not engaged; or (metaphorically) nothing is happening
  • Put the car in neutral and we'll push it.
neutral = with the gears unengaged
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When the car is in neutral, I hear a whistling noise.
  • neutral = with the gears unengaged
  • We need to get the economy out of neutral and start growing again.
  • neutral = an inactive or unengaged state
  • He tells me to put the car in neutral and guide it with the steering wheel.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
neutral = so gears are not engaged (so the engine is not engaged)

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less common specialized meanings
Definition 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)
  • Protons have a positive charge. Electrons have a negative charge. Neutrons are neutral.
neutral = not positive or negative
  • Pure water is neither acidic nor alkaline. It is neutral with a pH of 7.
neutral = not acidic or alkaline

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