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1The state of not supporting or helping either side in a conflict, disagreement, etc.; impartiality:‘during the war, Switzerland maintained its neutrality’
impartiality, lack of bias, lack of prejudice, objectivity, open-mindedness, disinterestedness, even-handedness, fairness, fair-mindedness, detachmentnon-alignment, non-participation, non-involvement, non-intervention, non-interventionism, non-combativenessView synonyms
- ‘Moreover, the positive side to Irish neutrality, our promotion of diplomatic settlements, our proud UN peacekeeping traditions, must be maintained.’
- ‘In reality, as the conflict in Bosnia cruelly showed, neutrality can become discreditable as well as counterproductive.’
- ‘They are opposed on a lot of grounds, but mainly out of a sense of fear for Bulgarian safety and neutrality.’
- ‘But geographic remoteness alone did not determine America's neutrality.’
- ‘Even the high principles of liberal internationalism, with an emphasis on the League of Nations and collective security, made neutrality problematic.’
- ‘Our neutrality would have eliminated any need for the German submarine offensive in the Atlantic and so would have kept America out of the war too.’
- ‘The adversarial system, and the public and official neutrality of the decision makers, are closely related.’
- ‘Japan concluded the Anglo-Japanese Alliance to ensure that London maintained a benevolent neutrality.’
- ‘His comments were the third time in recent days where a government minister has interpreted Ireland's neutrality.’
- ‘The claim to moral neutrality, sometimes made by strategists, is another shortcoming identified by critics.’
- ‘The alleged neutrality of the UN is a fiction.’
- ‘Hitherto the question of neutrality or intervention had been largely theoretical.’
- ‘They also asked government workers to maintain political neutrality in the upcoming parliamentary votes.’
- ‘Complete impartiality and neutrality are the necessary conditions for winning the trust of the conflicting sides.’
- ‘In every important strike the bourgeois press is forced to drop its spurious neutrality.’
- ‘Despite its neutrality, Belgium was attacked by the Germans in 1914 in order to circumvent the French fortifications along the Franco-German border.’
- ‘Switzerland joined the League of Nations, whose headquarters were in Geneva, but regards membership in the UN as incompatible with its neutrality.’
- ‘During a speech in Athens she said concerns over neutrality had been addressed at the recent EU summit in Seville.’
- ‘It also reconfirmed its anti-militarism manifest in its tiny regular army and long-standing neutrality.’
- ‘For anyone who sees this fact clearly, neutrality, silence or private disapproval are not options.’
2Absence of decided views, expression, or strong feeling:‘the clinical neutrality of the description’
- ‘Architectural projects of our day are often impudent and arrogant, and our age seems to have lost the virtue of architectural neutrality, restraint, and modesty.’
- ‘For the museum, abandoning the neutrality of its public presentation may also mean a symbolic abandonment of objectivity.’
- ‘The voice returns to bland neutrality.’
- ‘In each trial (negative, positive and neutral), the actress used facial expressions and vocal emotional signals while talking about the toy to convey fear, happiness or neutrality.’
3The condition of being chemically or electrically neutral:‘the structure has overall electrical neutrality’
- ‘A sodium ion was introduced into the system to reach overall electrical neutrality.’
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