neutrality

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From Middle French neutralité, from Medieval Latin neutralitas

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neutrality (usually uncountable, plural neutralities)

  1. The state or quality of being neutral; the condition of being unengaged in contests between others; state of taking no part on either side
    • 1709, Joseph Addison, The Tatler.
      Men who possess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the interest of their fellow subjects.
    Synonyms: indifferent, on the fence
  2. (obsolete) Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Donne to this entry?)
  3. (chemistry): The quality or state of being neutral.
  4. (international law) The condition of a nation or government which refrains from taking part, directly or indirectly, in a war between other powers.
  5. Those who are neutral; a combination of neutral powers or states.

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