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 nonpartisanship (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

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And in May, the FEC allowed a nonpartisan nonprofit known as Defending Digital Campaigns to provide free digital defense services to campaigns, since it was specifically funded with that narrow mission in mind. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag," 5 June 2019 The race will remain rated as a toss-up, according to David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, because a new primary would give the GOP a chance to replace Mark Harris on the ballot. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Board Calls for New Election in Last Undecided House Race," 21 Feb. 2019 Since Mississippi special elections are nonpartisan, all candidates will run together on a single ballot in November, regardless of political party. CBS News, "2018 Primary day election results -- live updates," 5 June 2018 Check out VoteRunLead, a nonpartisan organization that hopes to train more than 30,000 women to run for office by 2020. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018 But the nonpartisan Pew Research Center has found that NRA membership rates are highest among gun owners who report household incomes of greater than $100,000. Jay Willis, GQ, "Owning a Gun in America Is a Luxury," 30 Apr. 2018 Blacks make up 12 percent of the adult U.S. population but 33 percent of state and federal prisoners, the nonpartisan Pew Research Center says, while whites are 64 percent of the population but 30 percent of inmates. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A debate over race and prisons unfolds at a Charlotte YMCA branch | Charlotte Observer," 6 Apr. 2018 Voter support for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox rose enough over the summer to cut front-runner Democrat Gavin Newsom’s lead in half, according to a new poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 The number of New Yorkers 65 and over increased 26% between 2007 and 2017, making it the state’s fastest-growing age group, according to the Center for an Urban Future, a nonpartisan policy think tank. Kate King, WSJ, "The Empire State Is Graying," 27 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nonpartisan (audio) \

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: not supporting one party or side over another

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