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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Other Words from nonpartisan

nonpartisanship \ ˌnän-​ˈpär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce nonpartisan (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
Recent Examples on the Web Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan elections rater Inside Elections, said that if Democrats try to make Jan. 6 and the 2020 election a bigger issue in the 2nd, that could throw a wrench in the race for either party. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Judges on the Arkansas Circuit Courts are selected through nonpartisan elections. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 23 Feb. 2022 Last month, the Texas GOP formed a Local Government Committee to help county parties get more involved in nonpartisan elections. San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 But a decision by the Republican Legislature in 2018 to elect Supreme Court justices by party affiliation, scrapping nonpartisan elections, has made politics central to many cases. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 That’s what 23 cities did this year for nonpartisan municipal elections. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 Some liberals see moderate voters as linked to powerful and well-financed political machines that can control many aspects of municipal life, even in nonpartisan elections. Matt Viser, Cleve R. Wootson Jr. And Karina Elwood, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Nov. 2021 Massell said the city’s nonpartisan elections encourage collaboration among leaders to cultivate good city services and quality of life for all residents. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, ajc, 29 Oct. 2021 Achieving full nonpartisan elections, conceded Kline, is not really possible. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonpartisan

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonpartisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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