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.

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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 Diplomats supporting the resolution said holding the vote in advance of the report was meant to depoliticize the issue and renew the council’s mandate as a technical rollover move. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Russia Casts Cloud Over Future of Chemical Arms Probe in Syria," 24 Oct. 2017 That has its roots in the historical Progressive era, when there was an attempt to depoliticize education and leave it more in the hands of professional educators, McGuinn says. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Racial gaps in education: How much do voters care?," 6 Oct. 2017 In the wake of the scandal, the governors announced wide-ranging reforms meant to depoliticize decision-making at the agency. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Cuomo, Christie Set to Again Divvy Up Port Authority’s Leadership," 31 July 2017 While Josh has sought to depoliticize his businesses, his older brother remains an influence., "The Real Estate Start-Up Jared Kushner Co-Founded Is Now Worth $800 Million," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of depoliticize

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depoliticize was in 1937

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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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