non·​par·​ti·​san | \ ˌnän-ˈpär-tə-zən How to pronounce nonpartisan (audio) , -sən\

Definition of nonpartisan

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

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nonpartisanship \ ˌnän-​ˈpär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce nonpartisanship (audio) , -​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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Sure, the November special election for the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners’ 1st District — comprising the northern suburbs — is ostensibly nonpartisan. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "In Ramsey County Board special election, candidates stake out their differences," 17 Aug. 2019 The Fourth of July is typically nonpartisan and a tribute to America's founding documents and self-government. CBS News, "Trump's July 4th extravaganza reportedly using $2.5 million meant for National Park Service," 3 July 2019 Separate from her foundation, which is nonpartisan and research-based, Lee has championed numerous women’s candidacies. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Barbara Lee champions equality for women," 1 July 2019 The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan organization More in Common and the polling firm YouGov, was taken just after the 2018 midterms. Amanda Ripley, Twin Cities, "Amanda Ripley: Democrats and Republicans are very bad at guessing each other’s beliefs," 30 June 2019 The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan organization More in Common and the polling firm YouGov, was taken just after the 2018 midterms. James Freeman, WSJ, "Fake News and Fake Education?," 24 June 2019 The findings from the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, show a shift in public perception across political parties. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Survey Shows Americans Are Becoming More Supportive of Transgender Rights Amid Federal Rollback of LGBTQ Protections," 11 June 2019 Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Alex Samuels, Houston Chronicle, "National media outlets told the story of David Briscoe surviving the Santa Fe shooting. He wasn’t th," 1 July 2019 Chad Peace, a legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project, which promotes nonpartisan elections, said providing voters with more information would not fix the underlying problem. Ben Christopher, The Mercury News, "A million independent voters risk being irrelevant in California’s presidential primary," 24 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce nonpartisan (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonpartisan

: not supporting one party or side over another

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