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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Whether more centrists are being elected is debatable. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Give California’s top-two primary some more time, and if it doesn’t get better, junk it," 11 June 2018 The results were especially harsh for Fajardo, who tried unsuccessfully for weeks to form an alliance with like-minded centrist Humberto de la Calle, whose 2 percent vote haul would've been enough to push Fajardo past Petro. Christine Armario And Joshua Goodman, chicagotribune.com, "Colombia set for combative presidential runoff with divisions over peace," 28 May 2018 The results were especially harsh for Fajardo, who tried unsuccessfully for weeks to form an alliance with like-minded centrist Humberto de la Calle, whose 2 percent vote haul would’ve been enough to push Fajardo past Petro. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "Colombia set for combative runoff with divisions over peace," 27 May 2018 Such explanations, however, have done little to appease supporters of Ms. Nixon, who is running to the left of Mr. Cuomo, who has been a centrist for much of his four decades in politics. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "As Cuomo Rallies for Abortion Rights, Nixon Questions His Bona Fides," 10 July 2018 Some commentators have speculated that, like Santos, Duque might break with Uribe once in office, and govern like the centrist the hardliners in his own party have long suspected him to be. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 The centrists want to provide a way for the young immigrants to become permanent residents, which can lead to citizenship. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Congress faces immigration showdown, tension on tariffs," 3 June 2018 Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners. Washington Post, "Oregon state Rep. Buehler wins GOP primary for governor," 15 May 2018 Talking about immigration could lose undecided centrist voters for either party, Kousser said. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will debate over immigration, sanctuary law be at center of November elections?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of centrist

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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