bipartisan

adjective
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

Other Words from bipartisan

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Various attempts at privacy regulation have garnered some bipartisan support. Keach Hagey, WSJ, 19 May 2022 One bill expected to have wide bipartisan support would give the secretary of the Department of Agriculture the ability to issue a narrow set of waivers in the event of a supply disruption. Zeke Miller And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 The bill passed the Education Committee 31-8 and had bipartisan support, Sanchez added. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 The bills have drawn bipartisan support, with eight Senate co-sponsors evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, and 10 Republicans among the 38 sponsors on the House bill. Daisy Gonzalez-perez And Elsa Hortareas, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 One bill expected to have wide bipartisan support would give the secretary of the Department of Agriculture the ability to issue a narrow set of waivers in the event of a supply disruption. Zeke Miller, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 One bill expected to have wide bipartisan support would give the secretary of the Department of Agriculture the ability to issue a narrow set of waivers in the event of a supply disruption. Zeke Miller And Kevin Freking, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 That bill passed in the House in April with bipartisan support, but has currently not been voted on in the Senate. Fox News, 17 May 2022 But, in reality, there is broad bipartisan support for that assistance. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bipartisan

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Bipartisan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bipartisan. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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