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neutraladjective

uk   /ˈnjuː.trəl/  us   /ˈnuː.trəl/
  • neutral adjective (NO OPINION)

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

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  • neutral adjective (NOT NOTICEABLE)

C1 having ​features or ​characteristics that are not ​easilynoticed: Kelly ​wantsdarkredwalls, but I'd like a more neutral colour like ​cream.
  • neutral adjective (SCIENCE)

A neutral ​chemicalsubstance is neither an acidnor an ​alkali: Pure ​water is neutral and has a pH of 7.
A neutral ​object in ​physics has no ​electricalcharge: Atoms consist of positively-charged ​protons, negatively-charged ​electrons and neutral ​particles called ​neutrons.

neutralnoun

uk   /ˈnjuː.trəl/  us   /ˈnuː.trəl/
  • neutral noun (NO MOVEMENT)

[U] the ​position of the gears in a ​vehicle when they are not ​connected to the ​engine: to ​leave the ​car in neutral
[U] a ​state of no ​activity or ​development: After two ​years in neutral, the ​economy is ​finallymovingforward again.
(Definition of neutral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"neutral" in American English

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neutraladjective

 us   /ˈnu·trəl/
  • neutral adjective (NO OPINION)

world history not ​expressing an ​opinion or taking ​actions that ​support either ​side in a ​disagreement or ​war: Switzerland ​remained neutral during the ​war.
  • neutral adjective (NOT SOMETHING)

(of ​colors) not ​bright, and ​therefore not ​likely to ​attractattention: He ​wanted the ​office painted in neutral ​colors.
chemistry A neutral ​substance is neither an ​acidnor a ​base.
physics A neutral ​wire in an ​electricalcircuit is a ​wire with no ​electricalcharge.
(Definition of neutral from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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