non·​par·​ti·​san | \ˌnän-ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən\

Definition of nonpartisan 

: not partisan especially : free from party affiliation, bias, or designation nonpartisan ballot a nonpartisan board

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Other Words from nonpartisan

nonpartisanship \ ˌnän-​ˈpär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship , -​sən-​ \ noun

Examples of nonpartisan in a Sentence

It's a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving our national parks. made a nonpartisan decision that satisfied all concerned

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Between July 2016 and July 2017, the group raised almost $26 million, according to tax documents posted online by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Outside Groups Plan Costly Campaigns for—or Against—Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 9 July 2018 Seventy-one percent of those surveyed by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California last winter said government should not interfere with access. John Myers,, "Abortion may soon return to the national political debate, but it's largely settled in California," 8 July 2018 An expansion would drop Florida’s uninsured rate from 15.7 percent to nearly 11 percent, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute. Phil Galewitz And David Smiley, miamiherald, "In Florida, mid-term elections hold little hope for Medicaid expansion," 6 July 2018 In 2016, only 12.5 percent of the candidates who spent more than $500,000 of their own money wound up winning, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. John Wildermuth,, "Rich people crowded onto California’s ballot — and many finished out of the money," 18 June 2018 Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found. Don Thompson, Fox News, "Study: Reduced criminal penalties contributed to more thefts," 13 June 2018 In fiscal 2017, charter schools on average received $6,748 per student from the state general fund, while district schools received $5,389, according to the nonpartisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Craig Harris, azcentral, "The charter-vs.-district school funding debate: Who gets more money?," 12 July 2018 The Brookings Institution is a nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Think teacher salaries are low in Idaho? This study confirms it.," 12 July 2018 And what’s really interesting is that there’s so much work to do that trying to make these systems work better is a nonpartisan issue. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of nonpartisan

1843, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonpartisan

: not supporting one political party or group over another : not partisan


non·​par·​ti·​san | \ˈnän-ˈpär-tə-zən \

Kids Definition of nonpartisan

: not supporting one party or side over another

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obstinately defiant of authority

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