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adjective American English pronunciation: neutral /ˈnutrəl/

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  1. 1
    a country that is neutral does not get involved in a war between other countries

    Russia promised to remain neutral unless Germany attacked France.

    1. a.
      not supporting a particular team in a game or competition

      concerns about whether World Series umpires were neutral

    2. b.
      a neutral place is one where people do not support a particular group or team

      In this war, there's no neutral territory.

      The game will be replayed in a neutral stadium.


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