Neutral relationship meaning

neutral relationship definition | English dictionary for learners

     ( neutrals    plural  )

1       adj   If a person or country adopts a neutral position or remains neutral, they do not support anyone in a disagreement, war, or contest.  
Let's meet on neutral territory..., Those who had decided to remain neutral in the struggle now found themselves required to take sides.     
      A neutral is someone who is neutral., n-count  
It was a good game to watch for the neutrals.     
  neutrality      n-uncount  
...a reputation for political neutrality and impartiality.     

2       adj   If someone speaks in a neutral voice or if the expression on their face is neutral, they do not show what they are thinking or feeling.  
usu ADJ n  
Isabel put her magazine down and said in a neutral voice, `You're very late, darling. '..., He told her about the death, describing the events in as neutral a manner as he could.     
  neutrality      n-uncount  
I noticed, behind the neutrality of his gaze, a deep weariness.     

3       adj   If you say that something is neutral, you mean that it does not have any effect on other things because it lacks any significant qualities of its own, or it is an equal balance of two or more different qualities, amounts, or ideas.  
Three in every five interviewed felt that the Budget was neutral and they would be no better off...     

4       n-uncount   Neutral is the position between the gears of a vehicle such as a car, in which the gears are not connected to the engine.  
oft into/in N  
Graham put the van in neutral and jumped out into the road.     

5       adj   In an electrical device or system, the neutral wire is one of the three wires needed to complete the circuit so that the current can flow. The other two wires are called the earth wire and the live or positive wire.  

6       colour   Neutral is used to describe things that have a pale colour such as cream or grey, or that have no colour at all.  
At the horizon the land mass becomes a continuous pale neutral grey...     

7       adj   In chemistry, neutral is used to describe things that are neither acid nor alkaline.  
Pure water is neutral with a pH of 7.     

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neural, neutrality, neutralize, neuter

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customer relationship management


get seriously involved in a relationship


a younger man involved in a relationship with an older woman

= the target of a "cougar"


underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her

made with Jail and Bait


remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute


a deliberate and strategic effort to engage one in a donor/investor relationship


stop employing someone ; end a romantic relationship with someone



get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship

used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.

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Relationship Problems? Go Neutral

Relationship problems take shape in many ways.

Joannie came to my office extremely angry withher mother-in-law.No matter what Joannie did, her mother-in-law was critical, inconsiderate, or never satisfied. She would show up late to events, evenmake snide remarks aimed at Joannie’s efforts.

Whythemother-in-law seemed togo out of her way to be hurtful was beyond Joannie’s understanding. Shekept trying to please,but nothing seemed to work; the MIL would not budge.

Joannietried talking about her feelings to her mother-in-law.That backfired. The MIL made herself out to be thevictim. Afterward, she held a grudgeandtwistedJoannie’s words. TheMIL did not change.

What Changed?

Most of the time, communicating your concerns is the most effective way to resolve relationship differences. Sometimesthatdoesn’t work.When this happens over and over, it can lead to frustration and resentment, especially in situations where youre expected to get along with others regardless of their behavior think co-workers, in-laws, relatives, and friends.

Have you ever had a friend who rarely returns your phone calls or who suddenly goes AWOL when youre supposed to meet somewhere?

Maybe it feels like she takes your friendship efforts for granted. And the more you try to do, the worse those feelings get?

Maybe a boss repeatedly is unappreciative of your efforts and always focuses on criticizing.

If this kind of scenario sounds familiar, and youre feeling increasingly resentful, you might need to “go neutral.”

Going neutral meansdoing nothing. Simply take a hiatus from trying in your relationship. It’s not that you are giving up or evengetting out its about taking a breather to allowyour emotions to settle into a peaceful state.

Ways You CanGo Neutral

  1. Take a break fromefforts designed toplease or impress.
  2. Lay off of nurturing, taking care of, or focusing on the people causing yourdiscomfort.
  3. Take a stepback and intentionallystop the cycle of victimization and resentment you experience.
  4. Shiftyour energy to people, places and things that feel good, make you feel appreciated.
  5. Nurture your self-esteem and personal growth.

What Not to Do

  1. Do not directnegative energy toward others: Being negative is still effort.
  2. Do not make sly comments or hurtful statements, throw mean looks, or intentionally ignorethe other person.
  3. Do not hurtthe other person or try to get her/him to see your perspective.
  4. Do not hopeyour neutral stance will lead the other person to change his or her behavior toward you.

For going neutralto work, you must have noexpectations for outcome. Think of it as a rest stopwhere you canget your bearings and release yourself from resentment and frustration.

You Don’t Have to Completely Withdraw Focus on expending yourenergy only where it feels good.

There’s Only One Person YouCan Change That’s you.Realizing this is powerful. Enacting this is even more powerful. Have you ever tried going into neutralwith a difficult relationship? Tell us about it! We want to hear what you have learned. Or tell us about a relationship wherethis could help.

Take care, Cherilynn

Cherilynn Veland is a therapist living in Chicago.She also blogs about home, work, life and She is author of the book Stop Giving It Away.

Friendzone does not exist. What do people really mask with this word

November 6, 2020Relationships

Natalya Kopylova - about why, instead of friendship, manipulation and the imposition of guilt appear here, and the villain is not at all who you might think.



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What is called the friend zone

It is believed that for the first time the word "friend zone" (from the English friend zone) was heard in the first season of "Friends". It surfaced in a conversation between Ross and Joe, where the latter explained that if you don’t talk to a girl about your feelings for too long, then she will begin to perceive you only as a friend.

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Dictionaries give the following meaning of this word: the state of friendship with someone with whom you would prefer a romantic or sexual relationship.

Sounds fairly neutral, although in reality it is not entirely true. Compare the emotional coloring of the two phrases:

  • She treats me like a friend.
  • I'm in her friendzone.

The first phrase is more like a statement of fact, perhaps with bitterness from non-reciprocity. And the second often contains additional meaning. It involves a relationship in which one person is in love and therefore invests in another morally and financially, and he enjoys all the bonuses and gives nothing in return.

To be honest, it's usually about some selfish girl. She keeps a “good” guy who is ready for anything for her, in the friend zone, accepts his help and gifts. But he dates other, "bad" guys.


It seems that everything is obvious: the poor man in love is a pity, the bitch friendson deserves censure and condemnation. In fact, it turns out that the situation is far from being so straightforward.

Why the friend zone doesn't really exist

"How come?!" - you will be indignant. After all, almost everyone has a story in reserve where someone uses a person in love with him. Someone for sex, someone for help - you never know how to draw someone else's resource. But what's with the friendzone? Here friendship does not smell from all sides. Just one person trying to improve his life at the expense of another.

Love cannot be earned. If you are forced to do it, bargained, lured with promises, nothing good will come of it. No need to fight windmills, just leave the battlefield.

Relationships are much easier than they seem. Let's say you're in love with a person who can't love you back. He offers to remain friends, and it's up to you to agree or refuse. At this particular moment, friendship or nothing is possible between you.

The very concept of "friend zone" here is manipulation in its purest form, but not in the way it seems. Let's take a classic situation that people love to parasitize on. Our hero, a good boy, rushes to help his girlfriend, is there in difficult times, spends time with her. But at the same time, he does not count on symmetrical help, support, which would be logical to expect from friendship, but on sex. And the main complaint, as a rule, lies precisely in this: he did so much for her, but she "did not give."

Friendzone, as it were, implies that there is an unspoken contract, according to which one person owes sex to the second for a good attitude. So, surprise: there is no such agreement.

Sex is not an object of bargaining, not a reward for anything and not a duty even in marriage. And courtesies are not investments that should bring profit.

Another function that justifies the existence of the friend zone is to soften the blow to the ego. You are so good, but you were rejected. It's not because there's something wrong with you. She is a mercenary monster. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Perhaps it is the same with you, and with her. The feelings are just not mutual. There is nothing special to look for in this.

Why the friend zone is often associated with sexism

Anyone can fall in love without reciprocity. But men often find themselves in the friend zone, and this is not because of the special prudence of their lovers. It's just that they are more likely to be attracted to their friends of the opposite sex, while women are just friends.

This may be partly due to the fact that men have a larger area of ​​the brain responsible for sexual desire. But there is another important detail. It is easier for women to be friends with men, because they perceive them as people suitable for this kind of relationship - interesting, complete and equal. Worthy friendship. It doesn't always work the other way around. Even the term girlfriend zone appeared. It means that a girl is only interested in a man in terms of a romantic relationship. The possibility of friendship is not even considered.

Moreover, a girl's feelings are often irrelevant. After all, her "no" is not taken seriously. She promises friendship, honestly makes friends, and then receives complaints and attempts to impose guilt for having "offended a nice boy" simply because she kept her promise. And upon closer inspection, it turns out that the very “good guy” could easily be the main villain in this story. Because all his good attitude is built precisely on the illusion that in this way he will be able to achieve what he wants.

It seems that the friend zone is a zone of friendship. But it turns out that he is no friend. It is unlikely that our “good boy” will be offended that a classmate, whom he carried home drunk at five in the morning, did not sleep with him. He does not count on a hot sex marathon with a friend whose car had to be urgently “lighted up” on the weekend.

All these things are normal components of friendship. And if you agreed to it, make friends like human beings.


Understands the value of friendship.

After the divorce, I talked a lot with only one guy. We went for walks, drinking tea, coffee, wine and any liquid in general. Gallons of liquids. It dragged on for a very long time, a year for sure. During this time, I managed to fall in love with him and move away from a divorce.

And then one day, after a beautiful evening with wine, he called me home under the pretext "I'll give you a bottle of apricot moonshine, which my dad drives." We knocked over a couple of glasses, settled down in the hall on a huge sofa, he turned off the light so that the starry sky could be seen ... and turned on YouTube. We watched clips until my patience ran out and I went home.

But I am very glad that I have such a wonderful friend. And I believe that the roles that people play in our lives are not chosen by us, but by them. If a person is given to me not as a lover, but as a comrade, he should rejoice, and not his function.

Can friendship grow into love

Of course. In the same Friends we started with, Monica and Chandler's love grew out of a real friendship. And this happens in life, but feelings originate precisely from friendship, and not from the consumer attitude that characterizes typical "victims of the friend zone."


Married a friend.

We played together in the university team on “What? Where? When?" and were friends. Then he had an accident and was locked at home. I was sad, went to visit him - by the way, not alone, but with someone else. He was alone there and such a lapula. I got out of a bad relationship at the time. Then we were still friends, but I already liked him.

I was still in some romantic stories, because I did not understand if he liked me. Then she confessed. And we started dating. It turns out that about five years have passed from friendship as part of six people to living together and getting married.

What to do if it is not clear what is happening between you

Relationships are simple, but not as simple as we would like. Sometimes it happens that a resolute “no, let's remain friends” did not sound and you yourself do not understand what the status of the relationship is.

The best way is to be honest and discuss everything. It seems that the person you are in love with must understand everything himself. Especially if you follow a stereotypical set of gestures that show your attention. But the signals are not always read correctly. People are different, and for many, romantic interest is not obvious. You communicate as friends, why not consider it friendship.

And some people may not really notice for years that someone is in love with them.


Does not know how to make friends for profit and expects the same from others.

I well remember the sadness from several situations when it turned out that a person paid attention to me, spent time with me, did some nice things for me, assured me that I was wonderfully good at something, because it turned out that he had me , there were some kinds. To me, if you're good to me, you're good to me, just like that, no reason. And to show a good attitude because you need something - it somehow smells bad. I myself have never been friends with anyone for the sake of something, and I naively expect the same from people.

So there's no better way than to talk things over. And in order not to fall into the trap when you experience false hopes, take everything that is not “yes” as “no”. This will save you a lot of nerves. You have done your part of the work, confessed everything. The next step is in any case for the subject of interest. If the feelings are mutual, you will be informed. If this card is played for manipulation, this, as we have already found out, is not love and not friendship.

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Tasks of development of parliamentary diplomacy of neutral Turkmenistan were considered

Today at the Congress Center Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting at which the results of the work carried out by the national Parliament, issues of foreign policy strategy based on the status of permanent neutrality of the country, and also further development of parliamentary relations.

Heads and members of the Halk Maslakhaty and Mejlis Milli Gengesh, as well as invited heads of a number of structures took part in the meeting.

Hero-Arkadag noted that under the wise leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, in the era of the Revival of a new era of a powerful state, the authority of our Fatherland, committed to the legal status of neutrality, is growing at the international level. Turkmenistan is making efforts to strengthen peace and security in the region and on the planet, as well as interstate cooperation.

Today, the countries of the region and the world are showing great interest in Turkmenistan as a reliable partner. Parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in international relations during a difficult situation in the world. It was noted that this activity is aimed at strengthening the international situation, creating conditions for restoring trust and building friendly bridges in interstate relations, promoting mutual understanding between peoples, establishing ties based on equal mutual respect between people of different nationalities and political views.

As a result of the implementation of foreign policy principles aimed at strengthening effective regional and international cooperation, security and sustainable development for the benefit of the peoples, as well as initiatives to develop inter-parliamentary relations, Turkmenistan has become a center of peacemaking, creation and friendship. In May of this year, with the support of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and at the suggestion of our country, the First Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the countries of Central Asia and the Russian Federation was held in Ashgabat, which was a confirmation of the significant role of the parliament in strengthening strategic relations between states, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesha Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated.

As noted, under the leadership of the head of Turkmenistan in a new historical period, parliamentary diplomacy reached a qualitatively new level of activity, successfully carrying out activities in accordance with the legal status of the country's neutrality. This is an important tool for supporting international initiatives of our neutral Motherland.

Under the wise leadership of the President of the country, consistently implementing a foreign policy course based on the principles of positive neutrality, peacefulness, good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation, Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the development of direct relations at the inter-parliamentary level, which is an important factor in strengthening friendly relations between states and peoples, constructive regional and international partnerships in the interests of common well-being.

First, the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov, who was invited to the meeting.

It was noted that Turkmen diplomacy is developing dynamically in multilateral areas. Thanks to the unprecedented efforts of the Hero-Arkadag, the leaders and members of the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan make regular visits to foreign countries, take part in forums, conferences and meetings at the regional and international level, worthily representing the interests of the Motherland.

Cooperation between Turkmenistan within the framework of international parliamentary organizations, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States is actively increasing.

This year, at the initiative of Arkadag, new instruments of bilateral and multilateral inter-parliamentary dialogue were developed, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs stated, emphasizing the special significance of the First Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation held in the Turkmen capital. A solid foundation has been created for the comprehensive development of inter-parliamentary relations. In this context, reaching an agreement on the establishment of the secretariat of the Ashgabat Forum with headquarters in the capital of Turkmenistan as a permanent platform is confirmation that the work carried out in this direction is effective.

Currently, in our country, as part of the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation, great attention is paid to establishing and strengthening interaction with the people's representative bodies of neighboring countries, and in this regard, trade and economic partnership between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation is carried out at a qualitatively new level.

Concerning the cultural and humanitarian aspect, it was noted that relations in the spheres of education, science and culture are growing stronger and filled with new content from year to year. To date, about 30 thousand students from our country are studying in higher educational institutions of the Russian Federation, close ties have been established and are effectively developing between scientific institutions of Turkmenistan and Russia. All this testifies to the constructive cooperation of Turkmenistan with neighboring states.

As a result of the “open door” policy pursued under the leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan has become the center for holding meetings, forums and various conferences at the international level, which leads to further intensification of partnership and strengthening of the foreign policy role of our country in the international arena.

Turkmenistan's cooperation with major authoritative organizations, primarily with the United Nations, is developing dynamically.

On a regular basis, bilateral consultations are held between the foreign ministries, the development of foreign economic relations, and activities in this direction will continue successfully.

Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesha Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that independent neutral Turkmenistan is aimed at developing friendly and fruitful bilateral and multilateral relations with all interested foreign partners, and the implementation of a peaceful and constructive foreign policy strategy of the beloved Motherland systematically strengthens effective cooperation not only with neighboring countries, but and other countries.

Then the Chairman of the Mejlis Milli Gengesha G. Mammedova in her speech noted that strengthening the legal foundations of socio-economic reforms and large-scale activities to improve the social and living conditions of the people are an important task today, emphasizing that relevant work is being carried out in this direction.

Taking into account the growing role of parliamentary diplomacy in the modern world, the activity of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan is aimed at the consistent activation of regional and international parliamentary cooperation, and the activities carried out in this area are widely supported by members of the world community, authoritative international organizations, primarily the UN.

Currently, reforms are being successfully implemented in the economic, political and cultural spheres of the country, special attention is paid to creating more favorable legal conditions for work carried out in the country, including in the framework of international relations.

International cooperation is developing, especially among parliaments and inter-parliamentary friendship groups established on a bilateral basis with 46 countries, which contributes to the full support of partnerships at the level of heads of state through parliamentary diplomacy.

In this regard, in order to successfully fulfill the tasks set by the President of Turkmenistan on the introduction of universally recognized norms of international law into national legislation, the necessary work is being carried out jointly with specialists from relevant structures.

In order to develop inter-parliamentary relations, study international experience in the field of lawmaking, meetings of various levels are regularly held. Deputies of the Mejlis take part in seminars on improving law-making activities, organized jointly with relevant ministries and international organizations. In this format, great importance is attached to the active use of innovative technologies and the digital system.

Deputies of the Mejlis, together with members of the Khalk Maslakhaty, political parties and public organizations, hold social and political events, carry out propaganda activities among the population to explain the legislative acts adopted in our country, especially the historical significance of Dovlet Maslakhaty and the decisions taken there.

Chairman of the Mejlis Milli Gengesha stressed that, guided by the tasks set by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov to further develop a powerful state, improve national legislation, activities in this direction will be successfully continued and appropriate measures will be taken.

Hero-Arkadag stressed the importance of the work carried out by the members of the national Parliament to strengthen the legislative base of the country in order to improve the political system, strengthen the economic power of the state.

The meeting was continued by Milli Gengesha M. Byashimova, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Halk Maslakhaty, who noted that under the far-sighted leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan is consistently promoting a number of initiatives. They are awarded wide recognition at the international level, thereby contributing to the progressive growth of the authority of the Fatherland on the world stage.

As was emphasized, today the activity of the National Parliament has reached a qualitatively new level. And here the priorities are the activation of inter-parliamentary contacts, the modernization of lawmaking and the study of best practices in the system of parliamentarism, which also constitute one of the main directions of the state policy of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.

Building up cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized divisions is a key aspect of our country's foreign policy strategy, exemplary experience has been accumulated in this matter, which, in fact, is unique in the history of international relations and diplomacy.

The positive philosophy of the Hero-Arkadag "Dialogue is a guarantee of peace" is the main factor in maintaining and strengthening peace and sustainable development in the system of international cooperation based on equality. In this regard, Turkmenistan stands for trusting relations, putting forward initiatives in the interests of all mankind. All this ensures the successful dynamics of the foreign policy course of an independent neutral Motherland, focused on peaceful development and the establishment of good neighborly ties.

Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the relevance of issues of effective promotion of interaction along the inter-parliamentary line, maintaining an atmosphere of friendship and trust between members of the world community.

As Hero-Arkadag noted, today bilateral relations are gaining momentum, everything necessary is being done at the state level to make the partnership a long-term and fruitful one. Over the past years, our country has gained positive experience in the implementation of special projects and programs aimed at solving the priority tasks of socio-economic development.

In accordance with the peacekeeping foreign policy strategy of Turkmenistan, great importance is attached to the development and improvement of effective mechanisms and methods of parliamentary diplomacy, constructive cooperation with the profile structures of friendly countries.

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