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
bipartisanismplay \-zə-ˌni-zəm, -sə-\ noun
bipartisanshipplay \-zən-ˌship, -sən-\ noun
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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 of bipartisan from the Web
The bill passed with bipartisan support: 33-16 in the Senate and 88-10 in the House, with some of the yes votes coming from some of the same Democratic lawmakers now urging Inslee to veto the manufacturing-tax portion.
Mr. Garamendi, a Democrat, is confident in the agency’s bipartisan congressional support, and plans to fight for, at a minimum, a maintenance of the agency’s current $410 million budget.
The bill received widespread bipartisan support and passed easily.
As the Senate proposal awaits further action, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-South Bend, said in a statement that a bipartisan solution must be reached to put together a health bill that works for the American people.
Democrats even crowed about the bipartisan support for the resistance.
The Senate has now passed a bipartisan measure taking the power to lift sanctions away from Trump.
In May, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers introduced legislation to lift the embargo.
On Wednesday the Senate voted 97-2 to strengthen sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s regime, a rare moment of bipartisan agreement these days.
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Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of bipartisan
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Definition of bipartisan for English Language Learners
: relating to or involving members of two political parties
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