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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The seat, won by DeSantis by 17 percentage points in 2016 and once considered solidly Republican by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, is now considered by Cook to be more competitive for Democrats. Steven Lemongello,, "Congress District 6: Where 6 candidates stand on issues," 13 July 2018 Of the 670,000 individuals covered under the state’s Medicaid plan, the work requirements could apply to about 540,000 adults, according to the state's nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency. Washington Post, "The Health 202: HHS is working to reunite migrant families. But it won't happen immediately.," 25 June 2018 The nonpartisan Inside Elections political report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics both list the 22nd Congressional District as safely Democratic. Anthony Man,, "Ted Deutch's challenger shows some political fundraising muscle," 20 Apr. 2018 The nonpartisan report said that the deficits over a trillion dollars will start in 2020, two years earlier than what the CBO predicted just 10 months ago. Deirdre Walsh, CNN, "Paul Ryan's impact: Big tax bill but no entitlement reforms," 12 Apr. 2018 The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is a nonpartisan state agency that provides services to Hispanics and acts as a bridge between Hispanics and government. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Are you a citizen? New census question raises concerns about possible Idaho undercount | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 Miller, who spent 15 years running the nonpartisan agency that advises Congress on Medicare, is planning to grow his team, currently just three people, through a combination of staff hires and consulting contracts. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A billionaire couple is pumping money into the drug pricing debate. Can they loosen pharma’s grip?," 26 Mar. 2018 For the first time ever, the spending bill also requires the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan agency that produces reports on a wide variety of procedural and policy topics, to post all of its reports online. Tara Golshan, Vox, "4 winners and 4 losers from Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion spending package," 23 Mar. 2018 The federal government was projected to disburse more than $280 million to Alabama to fund CHIP this year, according to a nonpartisan research agency that advises Congress on the program. The Washington Post,, "Fear of losing insurance 'devastated' Alabama families: 'Everyone knows someone on CHIP'," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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