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neutral

adjective uk   /ˈnjuː.trəl/ us    /ˈnuː-/

neutral adjective (NO OPINION)

C1 not saying or doing anything that would encourage or help any of the groups involved in an argument or war: If there's an argument between my daughter and her mother, it's important that I remain neutral. The peace conference would have to be held in a neutral country. I'd rather meet on neutral ground/territory (= somewhere not controlled by or connected to either of us) rather than in his apartment. sports A neutral ground is a sports stadium that does not belong to either of the two teams taking part in a competition or game: The final will, of course, be played at a neutral ground.

neutral adjective (NOT NOTICEABLE)

C1 having features or characteristics that are not easily noticed: Huw wants dark red walls, but I'd rather a more neutral colour like cream.

neutral adjective (SCIENCE)

describes a chemical substance that is neither an acid nor an alkali: Pure water is neutral and has a pH of 7. describes an object in physics that has no electrical charge: Atoms consist of positively-charged protons, negatively-charged electrons and neutral particles called neutrons.

neutral

noun uk   /ˈnjuː.trəl/ us    /ˈnuː-/

neutral noun (NO MOVEMENT)

[U] the position of the gears in a vehicle when they are not connected to the engine: You're supposed to put your car into neutral whenever you stop at a junction. [U] a state of no activity or development: After two years in neutral, the economy is finally moving forward again.

neutral noun (NO OPINION)

[C] a neutral person or thing: Sweden and Switzerland were neutrals during the war.
(Definition of neutral from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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