Definition of neutral adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəl//
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    in disagreement/contest
  1. 1not supporting or helping either side in a disagreement, competition, etc. synonym impartial, unbiased Journalists are supposed to be politically neutral. I didn't take my father's or my mother's side; I tried to remain neutral.
  2. in war
  3. 2not belonging to any of the countries that are involved in a war; not supporting any of the countries involved in a war neutral territory/waters Switzerland was neutral during the war. See related entries: Conflict
  4. without strong feeling/influence
  5. 3deliberately not expressing any strong feeling ‘So you told her?’ he said in a neutral tone of voice.
  6. 4not affected by something He believes that technology is morally neutral until it is applied. see also gender-neutral
  7. colour
  8. 5not very bright or strong, such as grey or light brown a neutral colour scheme neutral tones
  9. chemistry
  10. 6neither acid nor alkaline
  11. electrical
  12. 7(abbreviation N) having neither a positive nor a negative electrical charge the neutral wire in a plug
  13. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from Latin neutralis ‘of neuter gender’, from Latin neuter ‘neither’, from ne- ‘not’ + uter ‘either’.Extra examples Dolly kept her voice carefully neutral. Her expression seemed neutral. Our actions are never culturally neutral. She argued that the law should always be gender neutral. She chose fairly neutral make-up. The Russians took a broadly neutral position. The government maintained its strictly neutral policy. The meeting must be at a politically neutral location. neutral about this issue Her clothes were neutral in colour. Neutral tones will give the room a feeling of space. The UN are sending six neutral observers to the talks. Very few journalists are politically neutral. When my parents split up I tried to remain neutral.Idioms
    on neutral ground/territory
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    in a place that has no connection with either of the people or sides who are meeting and so does not give an advantage to either of them We decided to meet on neutral ground.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: neutral