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 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 What are some of the efforts you guys are thinking about that might sort of depoliticize this? NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 25, 2021," 25 Apr. 2021 The unequivocal message from Walensky does validate one promise Biden made on assuming the Oval Office: to depoliticize the fight against the pandemic. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Michigan vaccine rebuff puts Biden and a top ally in a dicey political spot," 13 Apr. 2021 During his confirmation hearings last month, Garland also pledged to depoliticize the Justice Department. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general in 70-30 vote," 11 Mar. 2021 Biden will work to depoliticize the nature of the vaccination, a goal that the Trump campaign had not worked toward. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Pfizer, Trump, and Biden: A twisted triangle that’s complicating COVID-19 relief," 19 Dec. 2020 Biden’s task is to educate, persuade, and depoliticize at a moment when the nation’s crises are escalating rapidly. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Pandemic Plan Might Just Work," 27 Jan. 2021 Attorney General Bill Barr refused and did his best to depoliticize prosecutorial decisions. Star Tribune, "Merrick Garland can help lower the temperature in Washington," 7 Jan. 2021 Until 1970, postmaster general was a cabinet position, nominated by the President, but the power shifted away from the White House in Nixon's Postal Reorganization Act as an attempt to depoliticize the job. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "The USPS is still in big trouble under Biden," 9 Dec. 2020 To depoliticize virus control, bipartisan leaders can communicate the long-term economic benefits of virus control. Jocelyn Bélanger, Scientific American, "What Motivates COVID Rule Breakers?," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of depoliticize

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Depoliticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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