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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Neutralize'

Neutralize Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    neutralize v
  1. make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty neutralized the small republic"
  2. make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate the effect of my efforts" [syn: neutralise, nullify, negate]
  3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" [syn: counteract, countervail, counterbalance]
  4. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized" [syn: neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do in]
  5. make incapable of military action [syn: neutralise]
  6. make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution" [syn: neutralise]
Neutralize Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Neutralize \Neu"tral*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neutralized; p. pr. & vb. n. Neutralizing.] [Cf. F. neutraliser.]
  1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality. So here I am neutralized again. --Sir W. Scott.
  2. (Chem.) To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the effect of; as, to neutralize an acid with a base.
  3. To destroy the peculiar or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference inefficience; to counteract; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts, opposition, etc. Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E. Everett.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Neutralize'

Neutralization is a chemical reaction in which an acid and a base interact with the formation of a salt to make a solution neutral. With strong acids and bases the important reaction is the combination of hydrogen ions with hydroxide ions to form water.

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'Neutralize' in famous quotation sentence

* There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. - Booker T. Washington

* As a sinner I could not please God, I could not neutralize or pay for my own sin. But when God justified me by His grace He went on record declaring me righteous. He didn't wave a magic wand and declare me to be innocent. His holiness would not permit it. A basis for declaring me righteous was needed. The ground upon which my justification is built is the substitutionary death of His son, Jesus Christ. The shedding of blood demonstrates the righteousness of God 'that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus' (Rom. 326 NKJV). What a marvelous plan Man's plan of salvation by good works is offensive to God and to anyone who has been saved by God's grace. - Larry Riemersma

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Neutralize Sample Sentences in News

  • FSU's versatility on defense could neutralize unknowns of Oklahoma State's offense
    Jimbo Fisher worried about 'chasing ghosts' in season opener TALLAHASSEE — Jimbo Fisher likely reached the point of diminishing returns on his film study of Oklahoma State long ago. Read more on this news related to 'Neutralize'
  • Gene therapy may offer significant advantages in prevention of botulism exposure
    The current method to treat acute toxin poisoning is to inject antibodies, commonly produced in animals, to neutralize the toxin. But this method has challenges ranging from safety to difficulties in developing, producing and maintaining the anti-serums in large quantities. Read more on this news related to 'Neutralize'
  • U.S. must neutralize Islamic State: #tellusatoday
    As President Obama considers airstrikes in Syria, readers discuss the threat to the United States posed by the Islamic State.                 Read more on this news related to 'Neutralize'

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