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neuter , tra, trum (
I.gen. neutri, Varr. L. L. 9, § 62, acc. to the MSS.; cf. §§ 55 and 58; Aus. Ep. 50; “and by grammarians always in the phrase neutri generis,of the neuter gender, Charis. 13 P.; Diom. 277 P. al.; Serv. Verg. A. 1, 449; dat. sing. neutrae, acc. to Prisc. p. 678.—Collat. form, NECVTER, Inscr. Orell. 4859), adj. ne-uter, neither the one nor the other, neither of two: “ut neutri illorum quisquam esset me carior,Cic. Att. 7, 1, 2: “in neutram partem moveri,id. Ac. 2, 42, 130; id. Off. 2, 6, 20: “debemus neutrum eorum contra alium juvare,Caes. B. C. 1, 35, 5: “quid bonum sit, quid malum, quid neutrum,Cic. Div. 2, 4, 10; Ov. M. 4, 378: “ita fiet ut neutra lingua alteri officiat,Quint. 1, 1, 14.—Repeated: “neuter neutri invidet,Plaut. Stich. 5, 4, 49.—With verb in plur.: “ut caveres, neuter ad me iretis cum querimoniā,Plaut. Men. 5, 2, 34: “quia neuter consulum potuerant bello abesse,Liv. 9, 44, 2.—
II. In partic., in gram.: neutra nomina, of the neuter gender: “neutra (nomina or verba),which are neither active nor passive, middle, Cic. Tusc. 4, 12, 28; id. Or. 46, 155; Gell. 1, 7, 15 et saep. —Hence,
A. Adv.: neutrē , neutrally; in neither way: neutre, οὐδετέρως, Gloss. Philox.—
B. neutrō , adv., to neither one side nor the other; to neither side, neither way: “neutro inclinatā spe,Liv. 5, 26 fin.: “neutro inclinaverat fortuna,Tac. H. 3, 23: “si neutro litis condicio praeponderet,Quint. 7, 2, 39.
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