de·​po·​lit·​i·​cize | \ ˌdē-pə-ˈli-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce depoliticize (audio) \
depoliticized; depoliticizing; depoliticizes

Definition of depoliticize

transitive verb

: to remove the political character of : take out of the realm of politics depoliticize foreign aid

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depoliticization \ ˌdē-​pə-​ˌli-​tə-​sə-​ˈzä-​shən How to pronounce depoliticization (audio) \ noun

Examples of depoliticize in a Sentence

She says we need to depoliticize the process by which judges are chosen. The humanitarian aid groups want to see foreign aid depoliticized.
Recent Examples on the Web But to many current and former intelligence officers, the administration’s effort to depoliticize the office amounts to exactly the opposite. New York Times, "With Intelligence Nominee, Trump Ensures an Ally Will Have the Post," 19 Mar. 2020 Bridenstine, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, told CNN Business in an interview last year that he's worked hard to depoliticize the program. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Trump seeks billions more for NASA to get US astronauts on the moon by 2024," 10 Feb. 2020 But choosing Clement could have been Kagan’s counterintuitive way to depoliticize an ideologically divisive matter. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "An unlikely hero could save the government agency designed to protect consumers," 31 Oct. 2019 Traditionally, presidents have tried to depoliticize the pardon and clemency process by insisting that most requests go through a special office in the Justice Department. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Cohen Plea and Manafort Conviction Raise Questions About Possible Trump Pardon," 21 Aug. 2018 An Energy Department official last week urged Congress to depoliticize Prepa by taking board appointments out of the governor’s hands. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility Reaches Deal With Bondholders," 30 July 2018 Some experts say the only way to achieve real reform is to depoliticize the health-care issue altogether. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "U.K.’s National Health Service Is in Trouble," 22 Apr. 2018 Randall and Welser insist that their goal is to help depoliticize science, by pushing for more objective, reliable research. Michael Schulson, WIRED, "Science's "Reproducibility Crisis" Is Being Used as Political Ammunition," 20 Apr. 2018 The move was made in an attempt to depoliticize the BZA. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "University Heights committee to discuss upgrading city hall, and building a new one," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of depoliticize

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Depoliticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of depoliticize

: to change (something) so that it is no longer influenced or controlled by politics

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