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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 belonging to or taking any side or giving assistance to any of the conflicting parties in a dispute or contest.
Switzerland remained neutral during the second world war.While the couple were divorcing, their friends tried to stay neutral.
 
synonyms:
disinterested, impartial, noncombatant, objective, unbiased
antonyms:
belligerent, biased, combatant, partisan
similar words:
aloof, dispassionate, indifferent, nonaligned, nonpartisan, passive
definition 2: lacking definitive or striking qualities; indefinite.
She expected his complete agreement and was getting impatient with his neutral replies.
synonyms:
bland, boring, colorless, dull, insipid, noncommittal, wishy-washy
antonyms:
provocative
similar words:
drab, gray, impartial, indefinite, indistinct, mild, obscure, passive, vague
definition 3: lacking color or hue; achromatic.
She grew tired of the neutral surroundings of the hospital.
synonyms:
achromatic, achromic, colorless
antonyms:
bright, colorful
similar words:
drab, dull, faded, pale, washed-out
definition 4: tending to go well with most other colors.
Grey is a neutral color.
synonyms:
beige, light, pale, soft
similar words:
cream, tan, white
definition 5: in chemistry, neither acid nor alkaline.
Water is a neutral liquid.
definition 6: having neither positive nor negative charge; not electrified or magnetized.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one that does not take sides or give assistance to any conflicting party in a dispute.
synonyms:
noninterventionist
antonyms:
belligerent
similar words:
independent, isolationist, noncombatant, nonpartisan, objector, pacifist
definition 2: in an engine, the position at which normally interconnecting parts such as gears are disengaged.
She put the car in neutral and let it coast down the hill.
definition 3: a color that lacks hue or matches most other colors well, such as gray, beige, or white.
synonyms:
beige, cream, ecru, eggshell, gray, off-white, tan, white
derivation: neutrally (adv.)
Word History
Neutral comes from neutralis, a Latin word that means "not either."
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Word Parts
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.