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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But this assumption misses a host of previously apolitical or liberal college students who are voluntarily seeking out conservative thought as an alternative to the contemporary liberal-arts curriculum. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Intellectual Dark Web’s Quiet Revolution," 5 July 2019 Hollis, who said in an interview last fall that her message is apolitical, has not shied away from divisive subjects. Nora Krug, Washington Post, "Rachel Hollis says that her publisher asked her to cut a chapter celebrating gays," 3 July 2019 Others question whether a program aimed at bringing Jews from the diaspora to one of the most contested regions in the world could ever be apolitical. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests," 11 June 2019 After Molly is hired, the ostensibly apolitical (albeit earnest) entertainment that Katherine has long been providing reveals its underlying politics in the writers’ room. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Late Night,” Reviewed: Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling’s Incisive Comedy about the Gender Politics of TV," 6 June 2019 Trump plans to speak at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, disrupting an event long celebrated as apolitical. NBC News, "Democratic rivals pile on Biden," 6 June 2019 The safeguard process leaves the final decision on whether to impose trade remedies to the president rather than to the apolitical trade experts who normally adjudicate trade disputes. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Trump imposes tariffs on solar panels and washing machines in first major trade action of 2018," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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