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Neutral and neutrality may mean the following:

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Natural science

  • Neutral element or identity element (mathematics), a special type of element of a set with respect to a binary operation on that set, such if applied to, or operated with any element of the set, causes no change to this last element
  • Neutral solution (chemistry), a solution which is neither acidic nor basic
  • Neutral particle (physics), a particle without electrical charge
  • Neutral vector (statistics), a multivariate random variable is neutral if it exhibits a particular type of statistical independence seen when considering the Dirichlet distribution
  • Neutral organisms (ecology), organisms are neutral if they obey the Unified neutral theory of biodiversity

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Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

From Wikisource

Neutral
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Poems of Optimism (1919)

That pale word ‘Neutral’ sits becomingly
On lips of weaklings. But the men whose brains
Find fuel in their blood, the men whose minds
Hold sympathetic converse with their hearts,
Such men are never neutral. That word stands
Unsexed and impotent in Realms of Speech.
When mighty problems face a startled world
No virile man is neutral. Right or wrong
His thoughts go forth, assertive, unafraid
To stand by his convictions, and to do
Their part in shaping issues to an end.
Silence may guard the door of useless words,
At dictate of Discretion; but to stand
Without opinions in a world which needs
Constructive thinking, is a coward’s part.

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


Simple English

Neutral is a word that comes from Latin ne-uter. The Latin word means neither (of two).

The word neutrality can have different meanings too:

  • On Wikipedia neutral (as in Neutral point of view) means than when people write articles, those articles may be controversial. For the disputed points, both views of the story should be given.



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