neutral

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French neutral (French: neutre), from Latin neutralis.

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Adjective[edit]

neutral ‎(comparative more neutral, superlative most neutral)

  1. Not taking sides in a conflict such as war; nonaligned.
  2. Favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint of a topic of debate; unbiased.
    I am neutral regarding the issue of gay marriage.
    • Shaftesbury
      The heart can not possibly remain neutral, but constantly takes part one way or the other.
  3. (grammar) Neither positive nor negative.
  4. Neither beneficial nor harmful.
    • Sir J. Davies
      Some things good, and some things ill, do seem, / And neutral some, in her fantastic eye.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, […]. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
  5. (biology) Having no sex; neuter.
  6. Having no obvious colour; gray
  7. (physics) Neither positive nor negative; possessing no charge or equivalent positive and negative charge such that there is no imbalance.
  8. (chemistry) Having a pH near 7, neither acidic nor alkaline.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (neither beneficial nor harmful): innocuous

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Noun[edit]

neutral ‎(plural neutrals)

  1. A nonaligned state, or a member of such a state.
  2. A person who takes no side in a dispute.
  3. An individual or entity serving as an arbitrator or adjudicator (jargon / legal).
  4. A neutral hue.
  5. The position of a set of gears in which power cannot be transmitted to the drive mechanism.
  6. An electrical terminal or conductor which has zero or close to zero voltage with respect to the ground.

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Adjective[edit]

neutral m, f ‎(masculine and feminine plural neutrals)

  1. neutral

German[edit]

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neutral ‎(comparative neutraler, superlative am neutralsten)

  1. neutral

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Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

neutral m, f ‎(plural neutrales)

  1. neutral

Swedish[edit]

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neutral

  1. neutral
  2. (grammar) intransitive[1]

Declension[edit]

Inflection of neutral
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular neutral neutralare neutralast
Neuter singular neutralt neutralare neutralast
Plural neutrala neutralare neutralast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 neutrale neutralare neutralaste
All neutrala neutralare neutralaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Transitiv in Nordisk familjebok (2nd ed., 1919)