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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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 Mitchell's hot take stood out because she is supposed to be a nonpartisan reporter for a major network news division. Brian Flood, Fox News, "NBC News star Andrea Mitchell slammed for citing wrong law when attempting to bash White House," 3 July 2018 Democrats need to gain 23 seats in November to take control of the House, and the 27th District is not seen by nonpartisan analysts as competitive in the fall. Chronicle Wire Services, Houston Chronicle, "GOP’s Cloud wins special election for Farenthold’s Congressional seat," 30 June 2018 Donahue said her belief statement promotes nonpartisan civic responsibility and should not be considered a mandate. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Local schools should decide if drills are appropriate, District 204 board says," 19 June 2018 Government spending on children has been falling since 2010 and now accounts for less than 10% of the federal budget, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Report: The federal government is spending less on children and more on the elderly," 7 June 2018 This is a nonpartisan committee; there will be nothing partisan about its deliberations. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out," 24 Apr. 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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