• WordNet 3.6
    • n neutrality nonparticipation in a dispute or war
    • n neutrality pH value of 7
    • n neutrality tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers "hot" to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.
    • Neutrality Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad.
    • Neutrality (International Law) The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
    • Neutrality (Chem) The quality or state of being neutral. See Neutral a., 4.
    • Neutrality The state or quality of being neutral; the condition of being unengaged in contests between others; state of taking no part on either side; indifference. "Men who possess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the interest of their fellow subjects."
    • Neutrality Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Running cold water over the onion and the knife will keep you from crying when you cut it, because water neutralizes the chemical that makes you cry.
    • n neutrality The state of being neutral or of being unengaged in a dispute or contest between others; the taking of no part on either side; in international law, the attitude and condition of a nation or state which does not take part directly or indirectly in a war between other states, but maintains relations of amity with all the contending parties. It is not a departure from neutrality to furnish to either of the contending parties supplies which do not fall within the description of contraband of war—that is, arms and munitions of war, and things out of which munitions of war are made.
    • n neutrality Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor very evil.
    • n neutrality The state of being of the neuter gender.
    • n neutrality In chem., the state of being neither acid nor basic; absence of the power to saturate or combine with either an acid or a base
    • n neutrality Synonyms Neutrality, Indifference. A nation may be very far from viewing or regarding with indifference a war between two of its neighbors, and yet it may preserve a strict neutrality—that is, it may refrain strictly from helping the one that it wishes to see victorious or hindering the one that it wishes to see defeated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official, neutral name of Switzerland, which has multiple official languages, is the latin "Confederation Helvetica", or the Helvetic Confederation, thus the "CH" on license plates, stickers and e-mail addresses.
    • Neutrality state of taking no part on either of two sides: those who are neutral
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  • David Puttnam
    David Puttnam
    “My belief is that no movie, nothing in life, leaves people neutral. You either leave them up or you leave them down.”
  • William James
    “Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.”
  • William O. Douglas
    “The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”
  • Alexander Hamilton
    “Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
  • Booker T. Washington
    “There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. neutralité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. neutralisneuter, neither.


In literature:

Alcohol checks this poisonous and deadly process and neutralizes its effects.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
If the colors used are a certain red and a certain green, they neutralize each other and produce only gray.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
The other powers were bound to respect and to protect her neutrality.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
Neutralizing all controls, he leaped for the hatch leading below.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Its dull light caught the floating bundle, neutralizing its metallic wrappings.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
And what of the neutrals?
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
This neutrality, guaranteed by the Powers, has recently been violated by one of them.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
After the battle of Poultowa the czar of Muscovy reduced all Livonia; but he and king Augustus agreed to a neutrality for Pomerania.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Others boldly assert that they are prevented from immolating themselves by the Neutral Powers.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Early in 1644 Charnisay returned and sent a friar to secure the neutrality of the New Englanders.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

What will you do with Jesus?
neutral you cannot be;
some day your heart will be asking,
"What will he do with me?"
"What Will You Do with Jesus?" by Albert Benjamin Simpson
And the injured Prussian may
Not unreasonably say
"Why, it cannot be so small a nationality!
Since Brixton and Batavia,
Bolivia and Belgravia,
Are bursting with the Belgian neutrality."
"Alliterativism" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But these maneuverings to avoid
The touching of hands,
These shifts to keep the eyes employed
On objects more or less neutral
(As honor, for time being, commands) Will hardly prevent their downfall.
"Love's Strategems" by Donald Justice
"They ask us, in their pride,
To idly stand aside,
To be false to our allies, and neutral in this war;
They think that Indian men
Will never think again
Of wrongs by Yengee spoilers, how false their treaties are.
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke
Now those who say the bush is dull are not so far astray,
For the neutral tints of station life are anything but gay;
But, with all its uneventfulness, I solemnly deny
That the bush is unendurable along with rabbit pie.
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens
"Let arts decay, let millions fall, aye, let freedom perish,
With all that in the western world men fain would love and cherish;
Let universal ruin there become a sad reality:
We cannot swerve, we must preserve our rigorous neutrality."
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Fifteen years ago the leaders of 35 nations met in neutral Finland to sign what became known as the Helsinki Accords.
Feds & Politics: Neutral or Neutered .
The real agenda of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and other status-quo web powers behind the Obama administration's Net Neutrality campaign.
Neutralization Requires Basic Rethink.
Bills' linemen, secondary have to neutralize Brady.
Mineman Second Class Andrew Taylor on the USS Warrior in the Persian Gulf talks about the Alliant Techsystems Inc AN/SLQ-48 "mine neutralization " robot.
Congo wants UN force to ' neutralize ' rebels.
Can Republicans neutralize Obama's Hispanic edge.
Rangers neutralize Devils' power play.
Strikes neutralize Libyan air defenses.
Constellation Brands Raised To Neutral From Underweight By HSBC >STZ.
Beiersdorf Cut To Underweight From Neutral By HSBC.
The door policy is gender-neutral.
Verizon Cracks Telcos' United Front on Net Neutrality.
Egypt takes more aggressive , and less neutral, approach to Gaza.

In science:

The identity i is both an additively neutral and a multiplicatively neutral element of Reg (E♦n ) and the endomorphism 1 is infinity.
Endomorphism semirings with zero of a finite semilattice of a special type
Note that identity i is both an additively neutral and a multiplicatively neutral element of this semiring.
Endomorphism semirings with zero of a finite semilattice of a special type
In the above equations, the sum is over the physical neutral Higgs bosons with mi and mc being the neutral and charged Higgs masses, respectively.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
The only neutral gas would be associated with individual galaxies, producing much less massive neutral condensations (e.g.
The radio background: radio-loud galaxies at high and low redshifts
They found neutral hydrogen to neutral helium column density ratios NHI ≈ 30.
A note on the neutrino decay line and the possibilities of its detection