Adjective "neutering" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of or denoting a gender of nouns in some languages, typically contrasting with masculine and feminine or common.
  1. 'I decided that it was time to catch up with the rest of the world, and most other news organisations refer to ships as neuter.'
  2. 'Still, the grammatical rule, Macgregor points out, is that the adjective, when qualifying two nouns of different genders, agrees with the masculine or feminine noun rather than with the neuter noun, irrespective of position.'
  3. 'The vast majority of nouns are masculine or feminine, though there are a few neuter nouns.'
(of an animal) lacking developed sexual organs, or having had them removed.
  1. 'My dog is neuter.'
  2. 'Neuter flowers contained an average of 7.6 gl of nectar, and none were empty.'
  3. 'Terentzala was the neuter God and ever unfulfilled because he would never have a mate.'
  4. 'He was surprised to hear a neuter voice ask him to specify his instructions.'
  5. 'No allowance is made in the Writ for sexual orientations, because Angels are in truth, neuter.'


A neuter word.
  1. 'A guess is that octopod is a backformation from the neuter plural octopoda, the name of the order containing octopuses.'
  2. 'English also has some Latin neuter singulars, ending in um, with a plural ending in A - bacterium is an example, the plural is bacteria; nobody says bacteriums.'
  3. 'This North Queensland language has four genders: masculine, feminine, edible and neuter.'
  4. 'Other European languages have two or three so-called ‘genders', masculine, feminine, and neuter.'
A non-fertile caste of social insect, especially a worker bee or ant.
  1. 'The worker ant, although in common parlance a "neuter," is structurally a female.'
  2. 'if you cat is a neuter you can only enter neuter classes.'
  3. 'It could be like ‘West Side Story,’ with the sex addicts versus the neuters.'
  4. 'I'd also like to report, on a lighter note, that this song racily mentions ‘making love’ at a time when the Boys were still supposedly buzz-cut neuters without a prurient interest in their hearts.'
  5. 'Thinking of ourselves seriously, not as one of the boys, not as neuters, or androgynes, but as women.'
  6. 'And compared to recent pop neuters Gareth Gates and Will Young, he's starting to look like Frank Zappa.'


Castrate or spay (a domestic animal)
  1. 'a neutered tomcat'
  2. 'The other compelling reason to spay or neuter your pet is the very real fact that there are not enough loving homes available to adopt all the needy pets.'
  3. 'By talking to young people the LSPCA hoped to promote the importance of neutering their pets to reduce the hundreds of animals living in misery.'
  4. 'We have no bylaws forcing pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.'
  5. 'If your cat is not neutered at six months of age, he will be mature enough to reproduce now.'
  6. 'Why then did the writers miss a golden opportunity to stress the need to spay and neuter the family dog?'
  7. 'A £20 voucher would be given to the new dog owner by the Council as part payment of the cost charged by the vet for neutering their pet.'
  8. 'It turns out that spaying or neutering your cat or dog is the same thing as eugenics!'
  9. 'People in receipt of old age pension and medical cards may be able to receive assistance in neutering cats and dogs at other times also.'
  10. 'Owners neuter male dogs and cats when the flow of testosterone in their bloodstream generates either unmanageable behaviour or unwanted offspring.'
  11. 'For the same reason, it is equally important to spay or neuter a pet if he or she has not already undergone this procedure.'
Make ineffective.
  1. 'Proactive filtering can help neuter such phishing attacks, and also counter spyware, which can secretly gather personal information such as your email address, location and even credit card information, and pass it on to a third party.'
  2. 'I'm worried that it's just another covert and cunning way for Labour to try and neuter other parties.'
  3. 'One concern frequently expressed by commentators in Canada is that the increased integration of the U.S. and Canadian economies will reduce, if not effectively neuter, the policy levers of the Canadian government.'
  4. 'Let's not forget that it was Labor who allowed Ahern out of question time because of one of their side deals that effectively neutered certain opposition powers.'
  5. 'If this isn't an example of how the Hollywood system neuters promising young directors, I'm not sure what is.'
  6. 'Having outmanoeuvred the CalMac board on the pay negotiations, the politicians are now determined to neuter the civil service influence on appointments and shake up the state-owned company.'
  7. 'Such is the environment that will either nurture or neuter election reform over the coming months.'
  8. 'Under your watch, the electoral system is being neutered and rendered ineffective.'
  9. 'So the court has now, in a sense, neutered the police's power.'
  10. 'That the right thing to do is neuter ourselves by going to college and getting jobs and listening to lactating liberal college professors talk about a world they see through pink-tinted sunglasses.'


1. Grammar. noting or pertaining to a gender that refers to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine. (of a verb) intransitive.

2. Biology. having no organs of reproduction; without sex; asexual.

3. Zoology. having imperfectly developed sexual organs, as the worker bees and ants.

4. Botany. having neither stamens nor pistils; asexual.

5. neutral; siding with no one. noun

6. Grammar. the neuter gender. a noun of that gender. another element marking that gender. an int

More examples(as adjective)

"governments can be neutering."


(neuter)Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin neuter ‘neither’, from ne- ‘not’ + uter ‘either’.