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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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 But the idea that science is apolitical was itself a political idea, Wolfe says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 This is the second political statement that the traditionally apolitical Swift made this week. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Makes Her Second Political Statement of the Week at the 2018 AMAs," 9 Oct. 2018 The separation was due to Hill's desire to be involved in politics, while ESPN wants to be apolitical, the Post reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Jemele Hill, ESPN parting ways: reports," 26 Aug. 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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