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 Wilkie, a cerebral, modest policy wonk, is no apolitical public servant. Paul Sonne And Lisa Rein, miamiherald, "Trump's VA pick, a longtime aide to polarizing politicians, has defended extreme views," 26 June 2018 In his world, the Supreme Court is an agnostic, apolitical body — above and beyond the influence of partisanship or corrosive forces that have nothing to do with the law. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Supreme Court Keeps Dodging the Question of Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Unsurprisingly, Stanek’s genial apolitical Mickey eventually becomes absorbed into the investigation’s sweeping undertow. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Finks’: Son’s TheatreWorks play about his parents, blacklist feels uneven," 12 June 2018 This network was largely apolitical when digital campaigners first challenged Putin’s power in 2011, demanding pro-democracy reforms. Aliaksandr Herasimenka, Washington Post, "What’s behind Alexei Navalny’s digital challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime? Five things to know.," 23 Feb. 2018 The mission work is apolitical and voluntary, Hutchings said. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Advocate humanitarian award, scholarship fund spotlight Christ Hospital's medical relief work," 4 July 2018 The young, including the previously apolitical elite, joined in. The Economist, "A new generation is rising in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018 Over the past five years, events have forced the traditionally apolitical titans of Silicon Valley to reckon again and again with their burgeoning political responsibilities. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 By 2018, Colbert’s lead had only grown wider; Fallon’s more apolitical brand had become less of a must-see in an era dominated by news from Washington. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jimmy Fallon Can’t Ignore Donald Trump," 26 June 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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