AskDefine | Define neutrality

Dictionary Definition

neutrality

Noun

1 nonparticipation in a dispute or war
2 tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement [syn: disinterest]
3 pH value of 7

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  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; indifference.
    "Men who possess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the interest of their fellow subjects." -Addison.
  2. Indifference in quality; a state neither very good nor bad. [Obs.] Donne.
  3. : 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.

Translations

Extensive Definition

neutrality in Czech: Neutrální
neutrality in German: Neutral
neutrality in French: Neutralité
neutrality in Dutch: Neutraal
neutrality in Polish: Neutralność
neutrality in Portuguese: Neutro
neutrality in Simple English: Neutral

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Laodiceanism, Olympian detachment, a wise passiveness, abnegation, abstinence, avoidance, avoiding reaction, calm, calmness, chill, chilliness, circumvention, coldness, conservatism, constraint, contemplation, contemplative life, continence, control, cool, coolness, defense mechanism, detachment, disinterest, disinterestedness, dispassion, dispassionateness, do-nothing policy, do-nothingism, do-nothingness, dodge, dormancy, duck, elusion, elusiveness, equitability, equivocation, escape, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, evenhandedness, evenness, fairness, fervorlessness, forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, frostiness, gentleness, getting around, golden mean, halfheartedness, happy medium, iciness, idleness, immobility, impartiality, inaction, inactivity, indifference, indifferentism, indifferentness, indolence, inertia, inertness, insipidity, jink, judiciousness, juste-milieu, justness, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, lenity, loftiness, lukewarmness, meden agan, meditation, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation, moderationism, neuterness, neutralism, neutralness, nonintervention, noninvolvement, nonparticipation, nonresistance, nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, nothing in excess, objectivity, pacifism, paralysis, passive resistance, passive self-annihilation, passiveness, passivism, passivity, perfunctoriness, policy, prevention, procrastination, prudence, quiescence, quietism, refraining, repose, restraint, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial, self-restraint, selflessness, serenity, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, slip, sobriety, stability, stagnancy, stagnation, standpattism, stasis, steadiness, temperance, temperateness, tepidness, the runaround, tranquillity, unbias, unbiasedness, unexcessiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, unopinionatedness, unprejudicedness, unselfishness, vapidity, vegetation, via media, vita contemplativa, waiting game, watching and waiting, zeallessness, zigzag
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