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Dictionary Definition

neutral adj
1 neither moral nor immoral; neither good nor evil, right nor wrong
2 having no personal preference; "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer" [syn: impersonal]
3 having only a limited ability to react chemically; not active; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction" [syn: inert, indifferent]
4 not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
5 having no net electric charge; not electrified [syn: electroneutral] [ant: positive, negative]
6 lacking hue; "neutral colors like back or white"
7 of no distinctive quality or characteristics or type [ant: positive, negative]
8 lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics; "a neutral personality that made no impression whatever" n : one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

User Contributed Dictionary



From neutral (French: neutre), from neutralis.


  • (UK): /ˈnjuːtɹəl/, /"nju:tr@l/
  • (US): /ˈnuːtɹəl/, /"nu:tr@l/


  1. Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
  2. Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.
  3. Neither positive nor negative.
  4. Neither beneficial nor harmful.
  5. Having no sex; neuter.
  6. Having no obvious colour; gray
  7. Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
  8. Having a pH of 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.


Not taking sides in a conflict such as war
Neither beneficial nor harmful
Having no sex; neuter
Having no obvious colour; gray
(physics) Neither positive nor negative
(chemistry) Neither acidic nor alkaline


  1. A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state
  2. A person who takes no side in a dispute
  3. An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal)
  4. A neutral hue
  5. The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism
  6. An electrical terminal that is not electrified


A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state
A person who takes no side in a dispute
A neutral hue
The position of a set of gears
An electrical terminal that is not electrified




  1. neutral

Extensive Definition

neutral in Czech: Neutrální
neutral in German: Neutral
neutral in French: Neutralité
neutral in Dutch: Neutraal
neutral in Polish: Neutralność
neutral in Portuguese: Neutro
neutral in Simple English: Neutral

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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