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neu·tral

neutral

 
 
pronunciation:
nu trl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not taking any side in an argument or contest.
When her friends had a quarrel, she remained neutral.Sweden is a neutral country.
 
synonyms:
disinterested, impartial, objective
antonyms:
belligerent, biased
similar words:
aloof, indifferent, passive
definition 2: matching most other colors well.
Gray is a neutral color.
synonyms:
beige, light, pale, soft
similar words:
tan, white
definition 3: neither an acid nor a base in chemistry.
Water is a neutral liquid.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a position of gears where they are not engaged in an engine.
She put the car in neutral and let it coast down the hill.
derivation: neutrally (adv.)
Word History
Neutral comes from neutralis, a Latin word that means "not either."
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