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NEUTRAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does neutral mean? 

NEUTRAL (noun)
  The noun NEUTRAL has 1 sense:

1. one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

  Familiarity information: NEUTRAL used as a noun is very rare.


NEUTRAL (adjective)
  The adjective NEUTRAL has 8 senses:

1. neither moral nor immoral; neither good nor evil, right nor wrong
2. having no personal preference
3. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
4. not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest
5. having no net electric charge; not electrified
6. of something that is lacking hue
7. possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
8. lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics

  Familiarity information: NEUTRAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


NEUTRAL (noun)


Sense 1neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("neutral" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "neutral"):

fence-sitter (a person who won't take sides in a controversy)

stakeholder (someone entrusted to hold the stakes for two or more persons betting against one another; must deliver the stakes to the winner)


NEUTRAL (adjective)


Sense 1neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Neither moral nor immoral; neither good nor evil, right nor wrong

Similar:

amoral; unmoral (lacking any sense of moral standards or principles)


Sense 2neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no personal preference

Synonyms:

neutral; impersonal

Context examples:

impersonal criticism / a neutral observer

Similar:

nonsubjective; objective (undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena)


Sense 3neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

Synonyms:

inert; neutral; indifferent

Context examples:

inert matter / an indifferent chemical in a reaction

Similar:

unreactive (not reacting chemically)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)


Sense 4neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest

Similar:

nonaligned (not affiliated with any faction, party, or cause)


Sense 5neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no net electric charge; not electrified

Synonyms:

electroneutral; neutral

Attribute:

polarity; sign (having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges))

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Antonym:

negative (having a negative electric charge)

positive (having a positive electric charge)


Sense 6neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of something that is lacking hue

Context example:

neutral colors like back or white

Similar:

achromatic (having no hue)


Sense 7neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics

Similar:

viewless (not having or expressing opinions or views)

neutralised; neutralized (made neutral in some respect; deprived of distinctive characteristics)

Antonym:

negative (characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features)

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)


Sense 8neutral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics

Context example:

a neutral personality that made no impression whatever

Similar:

colorless; colourless (lacking in variety and interest)


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