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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 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.
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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 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 (NOT NOTICEABLE)

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

neutralnoun

uk   /ˈnjuː.trəl/ us   /ˈnuː.trəl/
(Definition of neutral from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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