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 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 On the other hand, Pirandello often declared that his work was apolitical; to be above or outside conflict was another kind of victory. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "Characters in Search of a Conflict," 23 Feb. 2021 Bullock warned those proposing reforms must be apolitical — even after Texas’ power shortage became fodder for Democrats and Republicans. Dallas News, "‘They were not prepared’: After winter crisis, Texas will have to confront its energy, politics and culture," 20 Feb. 2021 Service members are trained to remain apolitical when in uniform, but veterans are free to espouse their views. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "The Veterans Organizing to Stop Trumpism," 18 Dec. 2020 While Johnson has seemed mostly apolitical in the public eye, he has been outspoken about Trump’s response to the civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, sharing a lengthy video message in June. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "Dwayne Johnson endorses Biden and Harris. Why the Rock’s video shouldn’t surprise us," 27 Sep. 2020 The story deals with a politically divisive issue, but its perspective is apolitical. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 Although its officers are apolitical, like all military services, the Air Force retains a distinct political culture. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, "Space Force belongs in Colorado," 10 Dec. 2020 It's politicized but supposed to be apolitical, and there have been a number of large restructurings of the post office in the past 50 years. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "The USPS is still in big trouble under Biden," 9 Dec. 2020 The success of women activists came from being, as Bissell saw it, apolitical. Amanda B. Moniz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Storied History of Giving in America," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of apolitical

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2021

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“Apolitical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apolitical. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apolitical

: not political : not interested or involved in politics

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