neutral ADJECTIVE 1) impartial or unbiased. 2) having no strongly marked characteristics. 3) Chemistry neither acid nor alkaline; having a pH of about 7. 4) electrically neither positive nor negative.
NOUN 1) an impartial or unbiased state or person. 2) a neutral colour or shade. 3) a disengaged position of gears. 4) an electrically neutral point, terminal, etc.
DERIVATIVES neutrality noun neutrally adverb.
ORIGIN Latin neutralis 'of neuter gender' .

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