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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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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There are a few nonpartisan tools that connect voters with drivers. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 And when women do run, a double standard about gender roles persists, according to research done by the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which helps female candidates navigate the political landscape. Shirley Leung,, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 July 2018 Their nonpartisan commitment to constitutional rights even led them to defend the free speech rights of a Nazi group in 1978. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The ACLU's Membership Has Surged and It's Putting Its New Resources to Use," 5 July 2018 His resignation from Congress could change the district’s Republican-leaning rating from nonpartisan political analysts such as InsideElections, Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball. Ali Schmitz, USA TODAY, "Rep. Brian Mast being considered for VA secretary could shake up Florida race," 10 May 2018 Sunlight, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, is tracking the Health and Human Services Department website for unannounced changes. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of website, watchdog reports," 12 July 2018 Kasten helped start an Arizona chapter of the nonpartisan group. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Lawyer Moms of America join fight to end migrant family separations," 26 June 2018 The Center for Public Integrity, an award-winning, nonpartisan investigative journalism group, has cataloged some early battles that have already broken out between carriers and local residents and written about growing health concerns. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—The Wireless Industry's Real 5G Challenge," 6 June 2018 MapLight, a nonpartisan research group that tracks the influence of money in politics, reported on Thursday that three companies -- CVS Health, Southern Company, and Dow Chemical -- have donated a combined $1.6 million to America First Policies. CNN, "CVS Health will no longer donate to pro-Trump advocacy group," 1 June 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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