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 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 The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, comes as Democrats prepare for House approval Friday of an initial version of the $1.9 trillion package that still includes the minimum wage boost. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate official: Minimum wage hike must be removed from COVID-19 aid bill," 26 Feb. 2021 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office earlier this month said that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 could deliver raises for up to 27 million workers and lift 900,000 Americans above the poverty threshold. Eric Morath, WSJ, "What Biden’s Minimum-Wage Plan Means for Restaurant Workers," 25 Feb. 2021 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined raising the wage to $15 would result in 1.4 million fewer jobs. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "'Stick together': Schumer pleads for party unity amid wage hike fight," 23 Feb. 2021 The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report in November about how unreliably and probably inflated the weekly jobless claims data is. Washington Post, "Officially, 10 million Americans are unemployed. Many economists say that number is far too low.," 19 Feb. 2021 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected several positives and negatives that would occur if the minimum wage hike makes it over the finish line. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House," 16 Feb. 2021 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated tax revenue was down $2 billion in 2019 because the IRS had halted some operations during the 2018 shutdown. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Senate unanimously passes bill pushing shutdown deadline by one week," 12 Dec. 2020 So the party renewed its call to make attorney general a nonpartisan office. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "After a weekend in Nevada for Trump, Utah AG Sean Reyes says voting problems occurred there," 9 Nov. 2020 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office last year found that hiking the national minimum to $15 an hour as of 2025 would cost 1.3 million American jobs but also lift the same number of workers out of poverty. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Florida voters lift minimum wage to $15 an hour," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nonpartisan

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonpartisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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