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 \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apolitically (audio) \ adverb
apoliticism \ -​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.

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In Strong’s assured performance, the aristocratic, apolitical Lysistrata cycles through grief, rage, rebellion and transcendence as her protest movement unites Athens’ bifurcated female populace — first her fellow housewives and then the courtesans. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war," 22 June 2018 Whether the Fed is truly apolitical and always guesses right about economic conditions is arguable, but all alternatives have heavier political baggage. WSJ, "An Independent Fed Is the Least Bad Option," 30 Jan. 2019 Traditionally, members of the British royal family are expected to be apolitical in public. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Breaks Important Royal "Rule" by Talking About Brexit," 27 Jan. 2019 But in the Trump era, even traditionally apolitical brands like Walmart have taken quiet action, withdrawing their financial support from public figures with views that clearly cross a line. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 How did the Cold War spawn this idea that science is apolitical? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 There were a few reasons the US pushed this idea of free and apolitical science. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 Her Reproductive collection started as a more apolitical inside joke—think of it as wearing your heart, or your uterus, on your sleeve—but has become one of her top sellers. Molly Oswaks, Glamour, "Expressing Yourself on a T-Shirt Isn't New—But It Feels More Urgent Than Ever," 11 Dec. 2018 That’s the Statue of Liberty, probably as unifying and apolitical a symbol as the United States has ever had. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Please IOC. If the Statue of Liberty violates policy, just scrap the anthems. And flags.," 13 Feb. 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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