apo·​lit·​i·​cal | \ ˌā-pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce apolitical (audio) \

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

Other Words from apolitical

apolitically \ ˌā-​pə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apolitical (audio) \ adverb
apoliticism \ ˌā-​pə-​ˈli-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce apolitical (audio) \ noun

Examples of apolitical in a Sentence

Although both of her parents are politicians, she's completely apolitical.
Recent Examples on the Web The Fed has a long history of being consensus-driven, apolitical and deliberate. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 So don’t discount the (almost) apolitical anxiety coming from the next generation of voters. Philip Elliott, Time, 25 Jan. 2022 He’s apparently also apolitical (which undermines his analysis, but more on that later). Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2021 Or play it safer with the uncategorizable and (mostly) apolitical Can Xue? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 This was a solid reminder that the stars of country music have never been apolitical. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Her Mask Squad was apolitical but attracted support from many neighborhood Democrats. Fox News, 11 Apr. 2022 The central bank is staunchly apolitical and doesn’t care about the calendar. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 Parents who campaigned for the recall described an awakening in the Chinese American community by people who had been largely apolitical until now. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of apolitical

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of apolitical was in 1919

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21 May 2022

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“Apolitical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apolitical. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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