1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality. "So here I am neutralized again." (Sir W. Scott)

2. <chemistry> 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)

Origin: Cf. F. Neutraliser.

(01 Mar 1998)