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Noun: neutralisation  ,n(y)oo-tru-lI'zey-shun
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: neutralization)
  1. 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
    - neutralization, neutralization reaction, neutralisation reaction [Brit]
  2. (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
    - neutralization
  3. Action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war
    "the neutralisation of Belgium";
    - neutralization
  4. Action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
    - neutralization, counteraction

Derived forms: neutralisations

Type of: chemical reaction, destruction, devastation, nullification, override, reaction

Encyclopedia: Neutralisation