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

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Other Words from bipartisan

bipartisanism \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpär-​tə-​zə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce bipartisanism (audio) , -​sə-​ \ noun
bipartisanship \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce bipartisanship (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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Unhappiness over Trump’s plan to siphon the money from the military has become a bipartisan concern. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019 And although the White House eventually came around to bipartisan proposals to very slightly improve background checks and ban bump stocks, the compromises amount to fairly small changes to America’s weak gun laws. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 The executive orders have drawn opposition from a majority of Senate Democrats and a bipartisan group in the House, who have written letters to the president. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 Stock buybacks are the latest bipartisan piñata, whacked by politicians on the left and right who misunderstand capital markets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Stock Buyback Panic," 10 Mar. 2019 Trump’s use of the emergency declaration has drawn bipartisan criticism and is already facing a number of legal challenges. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency," 20 Feb. 2019 However, McAndrew notes that this is seen as one of the only bipartisan health issues in government. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., could go to a vote in the Senate as soon as Tuesday. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state," 12 Feb. 2019 Advancing greater equality and opportunity for women is a crucial area in which Republicans and Democrats can find common ground and pass historic bipartisan legislation. Ivanka Trump, WSJ, "Empower Women to Foster Freedom," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bipartisan

1891, in the meaning defined above

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bipartisan

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English Language Learners Definition of bipartisan

: relating to or involving members of two political parties

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