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

transitive verb

: to remove the political character of : take out of the realm of politics
depoliticize foreign aid
depoliticization 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 by depoliticizing approaches through inclusive framing and actions, organizations can cultivate high-trust, high-performing cultures where people of all backgrounds feel empowered to contribute their best work. Jonathan H. Westover, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 One of the first actions a transitional government should take is to depoliticize the 13,000-member Haitian National Police so the force can carry out its mission without a political agenda or hindrance from politicians. Monique Clesca, Foreign Affairs, 1 Feb. 2022 Some Democrats seek to pack the Supreme Court in the U.S. while attacking Israel’s efforts to reportedly depoliticize its Supreme Court. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 6 Aug. 2023 In addition, there should be efforts to depoliticize medical and scientific issues surrounding pandemic response, such as whether to wear a mask or whether to receive a vaccine, Mr. Bourla said, to avoid any distraction from the priority of curbing future outbreaks. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2023 Alsobrooks vowed to depoliticize education in the county shortly after she was sworn in, but the school board has often been embroiled in controversy throughout her time in office. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 The attempt to depoliticize both is also a part of New York’s history; Bill de Blasio’s language this past July echoes the rhetoric used during the eviction of Tompkins Square Park, distinguishing the appropriate protest from the status and way of life of the unhoused. Apoorva Tadepalli, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2020 The standing policy would help depoliticize the examination, the report said. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Modi, in the Thursday declaration, said India would aim to depoliticize the global supply of food, fertilizers and medical products, so that geopolitical tensions do not lead to global disruptions. Reuters, CNN, 1 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depoliticize was in 1937

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“Depoliticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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