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Meaning of NEUTRAL

Pronunciation:  'nootrul

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

NEUTRAL is a 7 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: achromatic, amoral, colorless, colourless, electroneutral, impersonal, indifferent, inert, neutralised, neutralized, nonaligned, nonsubjective, objective, unmoral, unreactive, viewless
 Antonyms: electronegative, electropositive, negative, positive
 See Also: human, individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, stakeholder



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Neu"tral\, a. [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See {Neuter}.]
    1. Not engaged on either side; not taking part with or
       assisting either of two or more contending parties;
       neuter; indifferent.
             The heart can not possibly remain neutral, but
             constantly takes part one way or the other.
    2. Neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not
       decided or pronounced.
             Some things good, and some things ill, do seem, And
             neutral some, in her fantastic eye.   --Sir J.
    3. (Biol.) Neuter. See {Neuter}, a., 3.
    4. (Chem.) Having neither acid nor basic properties; unable
       to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of
       certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with {acid},
       and {alkaline}.
    {Neutral axis}, {Neutral surface} (Mech.), that line or
       plane, in a beam under transverse pressure, at which the
       fibers are neither stretched nor compressed, or where the
       longitudinal stress is zero. See {Axis}.
    {Neutral equilibrium} (Mech.), the kind of equilibrium of a
       body so placed that when moved slighty it neither tends to
       return to its former position not depart more widely from
       it, as a perfect sphere or cylinder on a horizontal plane.
    {Neutral salt} (Chem.), a salt formed by the complete
       replacement of the hydrogen in an acid or base; in the
       former case by a positive or basic, in the latter by a
       negative or acid, element or radical.
    {Neutral tint}, a bluish gray pigment, used in water colors,
       made by mixing indigo or other blue some warm color. the
       shades vary greatly.
    {Neutral vowel}, the vowel element having an obscure and
       indefinite quality, such as is commonly taken by the vowel
       in many unaccented syllables. It is regarded by some as
       identical with the [u^] in up, and is called also the
       {natural vowel}, as unformed by art and effort. See Guide
       to Pronunciation, [sect] 17.
  2. \Neu"tral\, n.
    A person or a nation that takes no part in a contest between
    others; one who is neutral.
          The neutral, as far as commerce extends, becomes a
          party in the war.                        --R. G.
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