Definition of Neutral

An object is neutral when it is not positively or negatively charged.

  • All atoms are neutral. This is because all atoms have equal numbers of positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons, leading to overall neutral charge.
  • All ions are charged.
  • In atomic nuclei, the protons are positive and the neutrons are neutral.
  • The universe is believed to be electrically neutral.

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