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- The state or quality of being neutral; the condition of being unengaged in contests between others; state of taking no part on either side.
- 1665, Joseph Glanvill, chapter XXVII, in Scepsis Scientifica: Or, Confest Ignorance, the Way to Science; in an Essay of the Vanity of Dogmatizing, and Confident Opinion with a Reply to the Exceptions of the Learned Thomas Albius, London: E. Cotes, page 168:
- And what happineſs is there in a ſtorm of paſſions? On this account the Scepticks affected an indifferent æquipondious neutrality as the only means to their Ataraxia, and freedom from paßionate diſturbances.
- 1709, Joseph Addison, The Tatler:
- Men who possess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the interest of their fellow subjects.
- 1856 June 14, “England and America”, in The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art, volume 2, number 33, London: John W. Parker and Son, page 141:
- The official pretence of a scrupulous solicitude to maintain neutrality is flagrantly insincere.
- (obsolete) Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad.
- 1611, John Donne, An Anatomy of the World:
- There is no health; physicians say that we
At best enjoy but a neutrality.
- (chemistry): The quality or state of being neutral.
- (international law) The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
- Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.
state of being neutral; taking no part on either side
chemistry: quality or state of being neutral
international law: condition of a nation or government
those who are neutral