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neutral

neu·tral

neutral

 
pronunciation:
nu trl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not taking any side in an argument.
Mary remained neutral when her children had a fight.
 
similar words:
passive
definition 2: matching most other colors well.
Gray is a neutral color.
synonyms:
light, pale
similar words:
tan, white
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the position of gears where no power is being sent to the wheels from the engine.
She put the car in neutral before she turned off the engine.
derivation: neutrally (adv.)
Word History
Neutral comes from neutralis, a Latin word that means "not either."
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The word neutral contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.