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English noun: neutralization

1. neutralization (act) action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war


SamplesThe neutralization of Belgium.


Synonymsneutralisation


Broader (hypernym)nullification, override

2. neutralization (process) a chemical reaction in which an acid and a base interact with the formation of a salt; with strong acids and bases the essential reaction is the combination of hydrogen ions with hydroxyl ions to form water


Synonymsneutralisation, neutralisation reaction, neutralization reaction


Broader (hypernym)chemical reaction, reaction

3. neutralization (act) (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)


Synonymsneutralisation


Broader (hypernym)destruction, devastation


Domain usageeuphemism

4. neutralization (act) action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action


Synonymscounteraction, neutralisation


Broader (hypernym)nullification, override









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