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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or policy of being neutral, especially nonparticipation in war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being neutral; the condition of being unengaged in contests between others; state of taking no part on either side; indifference.
  • n. Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad. -- John Donne
  • n. : The quality or state of being neutral.
  • n. The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
  • n. Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being neutral; the condition of being unengaged in contests between others; state of taking no part on either side; indifference.
  • n. Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad.
  • n. The quality or state of being neutral. See Neutral, a., 4.
  • n. The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
  • n. Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being neutral or of being unengaged in a dispute or contest between others; the taking of no part on either side; in international law, the attitude and condition of a nation or state which does not take part directly or indirectly in a war between other states, but maintains relations of amity with all the contending parties.
  • n. Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor very evil.
  • n. The state of being of the neuter gender.
  • n. In chem., the state of being neither acid nor basic; absence of the power to saturate or combine with either an acid or a base
  • n. Synonyms Neutrality, Indifference. A nation may be very far from viewing or regarding with indifference a war between two of its neighbors, and yet it may preserve a strict neutrality—that is, it may refrain strictly from helping the one that it wishes to see victorious or hindering the one that it wishes to see defeated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement
  • n. pH value of 7
  • n. nonparticipation in a dispute or war

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