Meaning of “neutral” in the English Dictionary

"neutral" in British English

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uk /ˈnjuː.trəl/ us /ˈnuː.trəl/

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 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 takes place on a neutral field.

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neutral adjective (SCIENCE)

A neutral chemical substance is neither an acid nor an alkali:

Pure water is neutral and has a pH of 7.

A neutral object in physics has no electrical charge:

Atoms consist of positively-charged protons, negatively-charged electrons and neutral particles called neutrons.


uk /ˈnjuː.trəl/ us /ˈnuː.trəl/

(Definition of “neutral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 attract attention:

He wanted the office painted in neutral colors.

chemistry A neutral substance is neither an acid nor a base.

physics A neutral wire in an electrical circuit is a wire with no electrical charge.

(Definition of “neutral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)