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Neutralize


NEUTRALIZE, verb transitive

1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of indifference between different parties or opinions.

2. In chimistry, to destroy or render inert or imperceptible the peculiar properties of a body by combining it with a different substance. Thus to neutralize acids and alkalies, is to combine them in such proportions that the compound will no exhibit the qualities of either. This is called a neutral salt.

3. To destroy the peculiar properties or opposite dispositions of parties or other things, or reduce them to a state of indifference or inactivity; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize opposition.

The benefits of universities- neutralized by moral evils.

A cloud of counter citations that neutralize each other.