apo·​lit·​i·​cal | \ˌā-pə-ˈli-ti-kəl \

Definition of apolitical 

1 : having no interest or involvement in political affairs also : having an aversion to politics or political affairs

2 : having no political significance

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Other Words from apolitical

apolitically \ -​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
apoliticism \ -​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm \ noun

Examples of apolitical in a Sentence

Although both of her parents are politicians, she's completely apolitical.

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While James has been touted for his activism and involvement in the Cleveland area, Jordan was notably apolitical. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Steve Kerr on Michael Jordan's activism: 'It was a different time'," 7 June 2018 Plus, Jimmy Fallon had been the only apolitical host in late night. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 An addict’s regrets are seldom as strong as his cravings, and the film is a compassionate, apolitical glimpse into the chasm between the two. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 But Wilkie, a cerebral, modest policy wonk, is no apolitical public servant . . James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 Managing the census is usually an apolitical affair, but the Trump administration has been working to change that for months. Luke Darby, GQ, "How Trump Plans to Use the Census to Make a Fake America," 28 Mar. 2018 In its earlier forms, the tradition was a fun photo opportunity, often with a unifying and apolitical message. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "LeBron James, Stephen Curry say NBA champion wouldn't want invitation to visit the White House," 6 June 2018 But Wilkie, a cerebral, modest policy wonk, is no apolitical public servant. Paul Sonne And Lisa Rein, miamiherald, "Trump's VA pick, a longtime aide to polarizing politicians, has defended extreme views," 26 June 2018 In his world, the Supreme Court is an agnostic, apolitical body — above and beyond the influence of partisanship or corrosive forces that have nothing to do with the law. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Supreme Court Keeps Dodging the Question of Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of apolitical

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of apolitical

: not political : not interested or involved in politics

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