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

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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 partial government shutdown that ended Friday will cost the economy about $3 billion in reduced output in 2019, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "CBO: Shutdown Will Cost Government $3 Billion of Projected 2019 GDP," 28 Jan. 2019 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is warning that the cuts carry a steep price: an unprecedented level of debt for the country, a greater dependence on foreign investors and the risk of another financial crisis., "Today: The Travel Ban and the Echoes of a 1944 Case," 27 June 2018 When the bill was approved, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the tax cut added at least $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "N.D. Republican’s Senate campaign ‘fact-checking’ website promotes false claim on CBO estimates," 18 June 2018 Armstead filed by Tuesday's deadline to run in the nonpartisan race for the vacancy created last month when Menis Ketchum retired and agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud related to his personal use of a state vehicle and fuel. Fox News, "West Virginia House speaker Armstead resigns to run for Supreme Court," 22 Aug. 2018 The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race a tossup. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "Door-Knocking Democrat Tries to Break G.O.P. Grip in Ohio Special Election," 13 July 2018 There also were 2,308 ballots sent out to unaffiliated and third-party voters, who can vote in some nonpartisan local races such as school boards. Pamela Wood,, "What happens next with counting the final votes in Maryland's primary election?," 27 June 2018 There are a few nonpartisan tools that connect voters with drivers. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 And when women do run, a double standard about gender roles persists, according to research done by the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which helps female candidates navigate the political landscape. Shirley Leung,, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 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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