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

Other Words from depoliticize

depoliticization \ ˌdē-​pə-​ˌli-​tə-​sə-​ˈzä-​shən How to pronounce depoliticize (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 The host began by laying out the by-now-predictable playbook of Republicans and pro-gun advocates seeking to depoliticize the shooting. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 Over the course of the 19th century, these cities are really trying to take more control over the public’s welfare, consolidating their power over questions of health and trying to depoliticize the issue. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 First, Kerry did not meet with Wang last time -- marking the introduction of foreign policy discussion into climate talks, which experts have urged both sides to depoliticize. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 The White House has made strenuous efforts to depoliticize the pandemic, reasoning that the virus doesn't distinguish between Democrats and Republicans. Stephen Collinson, Caitlin Hu And Shelby Rose, CNN, 18 July 2021 The wisest choice, where public schools are concerned, is to simply depoliticize public education. Michael Farris, National Review, 9 June 2021 This is a highly political task that some states have tried to depoliticize by placing with nonpartisan commissions. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Ranney has spent the last decade trying to depoliticize gun violence. Deborah Kim, ABC News, 4 June 2021 At the time, the government hoped to professionalize and depoliticize the job by consolidating a fragmented system into a national force, said Juan Carlos Ruíz, a professor and security expert at Colombia’s Universidad del Rosario. New York Times, 12 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of depoliticize

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Depoliticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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