Meaning of NEUTRAL in English

adj. & n.


1. not helping or supporting either of two opposing sides, esp. States at war or in dispute; impartial.

2 belonging to a neutral party, State, etc. (neutral ships).

3 indistinct, vague, indeterminate.

4 (of a gear) in which the engine is disconnected from the driven parts.

5 (of colours) not strong or positive; grey or beige.

6 Chem. neither acid nor alkaline.

7 Electr. neither positive nor negative.

8 Biol. sexually undeveloped; asexual.


1. a a neutral State or person. b a subject of a neutral State.

2 a neutral gear.


neutrality n. neutrally adv.

Etymology: ME f. obs. F neutral or L neutralis of neuter gender (as NEUTER)

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