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the absence in some contexts of a phonetic or grammatical contrast found elsewhere or formerly in a language (as the contrast between final \s\ and \z\ after \t\ in English or between the nominative and accusative neuter case in Latin)

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
neutralization (noun)
1.
an act or process of - neutralizing
2.
the quality or state of being - neutralized
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