Definition of neutral in English:

neutral

Line breaks: neu|tral
Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːtr(ə)l
 
/

adjective

1Not supporting or helping either side in a conflict, disagreement, etc.; impartial: neutral and non-aligned European nations
More example sentences
  • It claims to be a neutral organisation, supported by academic researchers, but is starting from the point of view that there are important figures missing from the arguments so far put forward for wind.
  • This should be enough to make any neutral observer support them, but there is a more important cause.
  • For them the quality and standard of the game is a side issue that is of importance only to the neutral supporters.
Synonyms
1.1Belonging to an impartial group or state: the trial should be held on neutral ground
More example sentences
  • This means that service users in Keighley will either have to meet advocates at Airedale Hospital or travel to Bradford, as the neutral ground provided by the Keighley office will no longer be available to them.
  • You're both too young to remember but some famous people had to argue for Nuremberg because Nuremberg was on a neutral ground and they tried a nation who was at war for war crimes.
  • Carlow and Laois have clashed on two occasions on neutral ground, in Athy and Kilkenny, Carlow winning both.
2Having no strongly marked or positive characteristics or features: her tone was neutral, devoid of sentiment
More example sentences
  • But it is all set in deliberately neutral terms, implying that this debate is always an honest one, which it is not.
  • I'd rather have a sliver of prosciutto or a wheel of spicy sausage than neutral, inoffensive chicken any day.
  • The earlier, prescriptive sense of the term continues to be used, but the later, more neutral sense is common among scholars of language.
Synonyms
inoffensive, bland, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, anodyne, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, run-of-the-mill, everyday;
2.1Of or denoting a pale grey, cream, or beige colour: walls are painted in neutral tones
More example sentences
  • Colours range from neutral creams and beige to khaki, navy, grey and black.
  • From a distance this crowd looked a uniformly nondescript plaster colour, a neutral tone made up chiefly of faded blue and dirty grey.
  • Like the hall, the room had been decorated in rather neutral colours, the beige floor carrying on into this room also.
Synonyms
pale, pastel, light-toned;
colourless, uncoloured, washed out, indefinite, indistinct, indeterminate, neither one thing nor the other, insipid, nondescript, toneless, dull, drab
3 Chemistry Neither acid nor alkaline; having a pH of about 7: a neutral solution neutral soil conditions
More example sentences
  • Clematis prefer a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, so add lime if your soil is on the acidic side. Keep the roots shaded and the tops in sun.
  • Ideally, maples like neutral to acid soil with the addition of peat.
  • A litmus paper can be used to find out whether the soil is acidic, alkaline or neutral.
4Having neither a positive nor negative electrical charge: live and neutral contacts on plugs
More example sentences
  • And that is what it does, but because the proton has a positive charge and the neutron is neutral, the nucleus somehow has to get rid of a positive charge.
  • Positively charged cations are smaller than their neutral atoms because they lose electrons.
  • Use a neon circuit tester to verify the power is off by touching one lead to an exposed black wire and the other to a metal box or to the neutral wire.

noun

Back to top  
1An impartial or unbiased state or person: Sweden and its fellow neutrals I attended the Cup Final as a neutral
More example sentences
  • Wedgwood concedes that the U.S. government should ‘continue to respect the sovereignty of allies and neutrals.’
  • If you lie to an ally or a friendly neutral in a small matter, where you don't actually intend to declare war on him, you're sowing seeds of mistrust without gaining any great benefits.
  • Watching the Conservative Party leadership contest, political neutrals are unsure whether to laugh or cry.
2 [mass noun] Pale grey, cream, or beige: classic shades of navy, white, and neutral
More example sentences
  • Every splash of white or neutral is anchored by a dose of black.
  • Short or long sleeved, with ruffles or beadwork, in brights and neutrals, they were everywhere, adding extra oomph to halter dresses and fitted tops.
  • Sometimes brown can be used as a neutral and sometimes as a warm color.
3 [mass noun] A disengaged position of gears in which the engine is disconnected from the driven parts: she slipped the gear into neutral
More example sentences
  • He may be coasting down a hill with the gears in neutral and the engine switched off; he may be steering a vehicle which is being towed by another.
  • He hurriedly moved the gear in neutral and tried the emergency brake.
  • It decided to stay about two-thirds open, which gives a tidy shove forward, and the only thing I could do was select neutral and try and turn off an engine which was fast trying to grenade itself.
4An electrically neutral point, terminal, conductor, or wire.
More example sentences
  • Some boxes will have two bus bars, one for the ground wire, one for the neutral.
  • If the power quality anomaly seems to be confined to data and communication equipment, try for 0.25 ohm resistance levels for equipment grounds and neutrals.

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin neutralis 'of neuter gender', from Latin neuter (see neuter).

Derivatives

neutrally

adverb
More example sentences
  • In this way, every problem can be explained objectively / neutrally.
  • Ask these questions as neutrally and open-mindedly as possible.
  • You have to ask yourself more neutrally and objectively how much information is required to program a complex system?

Definition of neutral in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bouffant
Pronunciation: bo͞oˈfänt
adjective
styled to puff out in a rounded shape...