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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor very evil.
  • noun The state of being of the neuter gender.
  • noun 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
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad.
  • noun (Chem.) The quality or state of being neutral. See Neutral, a., 4.
  • noun (International Law) The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
  • noun Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.
  • noun the condition of a neutral power, in time of war, which holds itself ready to resist by force any aggression of either belligerent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad. -- John Donne
  • noun chemistry : The quality or state of being neutral.
  • noun international law The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
  • noun Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.

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

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

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