Neu*tral"i*ty (?), n. [Cf. F. neutralit'e.]

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. Chem.

The quality or state of being neutral. See Neutral, a., 4.

4. InternationalLaw

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.

Armed neutrality, the condition of a neutral power, in time of war, which holds itself ready to resist by force any aggression of either belligerent.

 

© Webster 1913.

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