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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The nonpartisan group Vote Smart is dedicated to informing you about the candidates that represent your state or county. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 Prior to voting, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation released an analysis of the tax code, predicting the potential $1 trillion in additional debt the White House is now acknowledging. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's Tax Cuts Are Reducing Corporate Taxes and Increasing the Deficit," 26 July 2018 They should be drawn by a nonpartisan group and determined so that each district would reflect more balance within its borders, vis-à-vis political parties, race and gender representation, economic diversity, urban/rural concerns, etc. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 To lower the stakes of confirmation battles, Faris favors eliminating lifetime tenure for judges and adopting the nonpartisan group Fix The Court’s plan of nonrenewable 18-year term limits. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Court-packing, Democrats’ nuclear option for the Supreme Court, explained," 2 July 2018 The museum and HeadCount, a nonpartisan group that promotes musicians’ participation in American democracy, hosted the ceremony. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, José Feliciano’s Version of the National Anthem Has Given Voice to Immigrant Pride," 15 June 2018 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

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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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