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

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Other Words from apolitical

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

Examples of apolitical in a Sentence

Although both of her parents are politicians, she's completely apolitical.
Recent Examples on the Web There are no hard and fast rules beyond that they’d be expected to use good judgment and remember that the family is supposed to be apolitical. Washington Post, "Harry and Meghan are quitting the castle, but who’s going to pay for the butler?," 9 Jan. 2020 Medical culture seems data-centric, conservative, heads-down, apolitical. Eric Topol, The New Yorker, "Why Doctors Should Organize," 5 Aug. 2019 Dorsey’s preoccupation with appearing apolitical blinds him, and Twitter writ large, to the fact that inaction and selective enforcement are political acts. Parker Molloy, The Verge, "By not banning Alex Jones, Twitter is making a political choice," 8 Aug. 2018 The federal judge overseeing Warren’s re-trial banned him from mentioning President Trump on the grounds of keeping the trial apolitical. Fox News, "Arizona activist acquitted of harboring illegal immigrants who crossed Mexico border," 22 Nov. 2019 Winning is apolitical Uno, however, is not meant to be played in a hands-across-the-aisle style. Scott Craven, azcentral, "How Uno, the card game, has stepped up to heal a nation," 21 Nov. 2019 Though the book is marketed as apolitical, both Clintons did not miss the opportunity to voice their opinions of the current administration. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "Hundreds drawn ‘to see strong women talking about strong women’ as Hillary, Chelsea Clinton promote book in New Haven," 29 Oct. 2019 John Durham, the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut—is respected across the political spectrum for his apolitical thoroughness as well as his probity. The Economist, "The Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into itself," 31 Oct. 2019 The vapidity of the first ARPANET message is a reminder of the fallacy of this kind of apolitical, monumental storytelling about technology’s harms and benefits. Ingrid Burrington, The New Republic, "How We Misremember the Internet’s Origins," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of apolitical

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Apolitical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apolitical. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of apolitical

: not political : not interested or involved in politics

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