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

  • n. The state of being neutral; neutrality.
  • n. A political policy or advocacy of nonalignment or noninvolvement in conflicting alliances and of attempting to mediate or conciliate in conflicts between states: "Neutralism differs from neutrality in that it is an attitude of mind in time of peace rather than a legal status in time of war” ( London Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being neutral; neutrality.
  • n. A political policy of nonalignment in a situation of conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a policy of neutrality or nonalignment in international affairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being neutral; neutrality.

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

  • n. a policy of neutrality or nonalignment in international affairs


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  • Nor can we see Germany going its own way in neutralism or towards the east, because that would be equally damaging to the new and emerging Europe.

    Conservative Party Policy in Britain

  • Nevertheless, neutralism is still the foreign doctrine of all the nationalist Arab states, even though in Egypt at this moment it seems to mean not so much a good or tolerable relation with both blocs as bad terms with both.

    Oil, Power Politics and the Arab Awakening

  • To me it seems like yet another sign that journalism is no longer going to be occupied that neutralism, but it will have more of a political partisan bent.

    Jay Rosen: The Politics of the New Huffington Post at AOL

  • We were impressed by that because it was more neutral, and neutralism was a word that we loved.

    Space: Sans-Serif

  • In addition, by once more dazzling the world with cleverly packaged proposals, the self-assured Soviet leader displayed the seductive charms that could woo Western Europe into a neutered neutralism.

    American Sketches

  • More people need to be familiar with exaptations and neutralism … adaptation is not the only possibility.

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  • He took neutralism in the cold war seriously, making trips to the Soviet Union and China (though to the White House as well).

    News Not Fit to Print: US Coup Planned for Venezuela?

  • Shadow Government by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut my translation: My mother is Arabism and my father is struggle and my sister is unity and my uncle is positive neutralism and my [other] uncle is non-alignment and my brother-in-law is steadfastness and my mother-in-law is the Arab League and my grandfather is [Arab] Joint Defense and my children are the streets and I call for an exit from this chaos, but I only hear words:

    Friday, June 01, 2007

  • Consider the dangerous level to which morale and defensive strength had descended: the despairing counsel of neutralism, appeasement and defeatism that then existed.

    General Ike

  • It worked to define the principles of positive neutralism in the cold war but was viewed in the West as being procommunist.



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