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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.


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)


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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