centrist

noun
cen·trist | \ ˈsen-trist \

Definition of centrist 

1 often capitalized : a member of a center party

2 : a person who holds moderate views

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Other words from centrist

centrism \-ˌtri-zəm \ noun
centrist adjective

Examples of centrist in a Sentence

The candidate hopes to appeal to centrists nationwide. the centrists will most likely rally behind the candidate who favors reforming the government program—not abolishing it entirely

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Gaynor has aimed to court the party's more conservative right wing by casting Reagan as a centrist. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 Erdogan's main opponent in the presidential race is Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party, a centrist party once associated with decades of stifling secularism as well as the repression of ethnic minorities carried out by the Turkish state. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 2018 In his first five years in office, Cuomo aligned himself with the centrist, bipartisan education reform movement. Graham Vyse, The New Republic, "How Far Left Will Democrats Go on Education?," 3 May 2018 The compromise bill was written after weeks of negotiations between conservatives, centrists and House GOP leadership. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 Another, with slightly better odds of passage, is a compromise that came from long talks among House conservatives and centrists and the White House. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans in Congress Search for an Immigration Bill to End Border Crisis," 20 June 2018 Plus, a look at how the Democratic Party is struggling to define itself amid party infighting between centrists and the new political left. Bloomberg.com, "Texas Runoffs Headline Tuesday Elections (Audio)," 21 May 2018 Business centrists and Silicon Valley types appreciate it as a way to manage industry side effects—such as low labor costs and the displacement of workers by apps and A.I.—without impeding growth. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 McCaskill, who is running for a third term this year in a state Trump carried by nearly 19 percentage points, has cast herself as a centrist who is willing to work with Republicans. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Secret money funds more than 40% of outside congressional ads," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of centrist

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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centrist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of centrist

: a person whose political opinions are not extreme : a person whose beliefs fall between those of liberals and conservatives

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