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1‘Dorothy has no axe to grind. She's completely neutral’
impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, objective, without favouritism, open-minded, non-partisan, non-discriminatory, disinterested, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, dispassionate, detached, impersonal, unemotional, clinical, indifferent, removed
2‘during the Second World War, Portugal remained neutral’
unaligned, non-aligned, unaffiliated, unallied, non-allied, non-participating, uninvolved, non-interventionist
non-combatant, non-belligerent, non-combative, non-fighting, anti-war
3‘she racked her brain desperately for a neutral topic of conversation’
inoffensive, bland, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, anodyne, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, run-of-the-mill, everyday
safe, harmless, innocuous
4‘a neutral background will make any small splash of colour stand out’
pale, pastel, light-toned
beige, cream, taupe, oatmeal, ecru, buff, fawn, grey, greige, sand, stone-coloured, stone, mushroom, putty
colourless, uncoloured, washed out, indefinite, indistinct, indeterminate, neither one thing nor the other, insipid, nondescript, toneless, dull, drab
rare achromatic, achromic
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