bi·​par·​ti·​san | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈpär-tə-zən How to pronounce bipartisan (audio) , -sən, -ˌzan, chiefly British ˌbī-ˌpä-tə-ˈzan \

Definition of bipartisan

: of, relating to, or involving members of two parties a bipartisan commission specifically : marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties bipartisan support for the bill

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bipartisanism \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpär-​tə-​zə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce bipartisan (audio) , -​sə-​ \ noun
bipartisanship \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce bipartisan (audio) , -​sən-​ \ noun

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Bipartisan is a two-part word. The first element is the prefix bi-, which means "two"; the second is partisan, a word that traces through Middle French and north Italian dialect to the Latin part- or pars, meaning "part." Partisan itself has a long history as a word in English. It has been used as a noun in reference to a firm adherent to a party, faction, or cause (especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance), since the 16th century. The related adjective (meaning "of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan") appeared in the 19th century, as did, after a space of some 50 years, the adjective bipartisan.

Examples of bipartisan in a Sentence

In his first Inaugural Address, Jefferson sounded a conciliatory, bipartisan note, averring that "we are all Republicans, we are all Federalists"—a trope copied in many inaugural addresses to follow. — Sean Wilentz, Newsweek, 27 Jan. 2009 Seasoned observers of Washington tend to dismiss such talk of national unity and bipartisan cooperation as meaningless political boilerplate … — Larissa MacFarquhar, New Yorker, 7 May 2007 Two recent national bipartisan blue-ribbon panels, the National Research Council Committee on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children and the National Reading Panel, came to converging conclusions. — Bennet A. Shawitz, New Republic, 6 Nov. 2000 The bill has bipartisan support.
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Recent Examples on the Web Not surprisingly, a huge percentage of Republicans say Biden should be willing to compromise to win bipartisan support from lawmakers for his proposals., "Americans give Biden mostly positive marks for first 100 days, Post-ABC poll finds," 25 Apr. 2021 But that legislation doesn't have Republican backing in the Senate and without removing the legislative filibuster that requires 60 votes to advance such bills any police reforms would need bipartisan support. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Ilhan Omar to reintroduce bill creating new federal board to independently investigate police misconduct," 25 Apr. 2021 There’s bipartisan support for legal aid — though President Donald Trump proposed eliminating legal aid from the federal budget the first three years of his term, Congress declined to do so, instead increasing LSC’s funding each time. NBC News, "More people than ever need legal aid services. But the pandemic has hit legal aid funding hard.," 25 Apr. 2021 The pressure helped create bipartisan support for an emergency grant program. Katie Lobosco, CNN, "Theater Covid relief program opens Monday after two-week delay," 24 Apr. 2021 As with the previous renditions, the bill has bipartisan support. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'game changing' $1.4 billion wildlife reintroduced in Congress has its best chance of passing this time," 24 Apr. 2021 The bipartisan support suggests the administration will be hard-pressed to ignore it. Matthew Lee, ajc, "Dispute over Russian pipeline tests Biden's Europe outreach," 24 Apr. 2021 Second, the idea that a carbon tax can achieve bipartisan support is hopelessly naive. Arkansas Online, "PAUL KRUGMAN: Getting real about coal and climate," 24 Apr. 2021 After early bipartisan support for the legislation last year, a group of lawmakers balked, concerned that a diversion program could act as a get-out-of-jail-free card for violent offenders and domestic abusers. Star Tribune, "A second chance for veterans gets a second chance at the Legislature," 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bipartisan

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Bipartisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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: relating to or involving members of two political parties

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