un·​af·​fil·​i·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce unaffiliated (audio) \

Definition of unaffiliated

: not closely associated with, belonging to, or subordinate to another : not affiliated The hospital is unaffiliated with the university. unaffiliated voters

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Current election law addresses only voter confusion between two parties, not whether voters who wish to be unaffiliated might also be confused. John Myers, latimes.com, "California political parties couldn’t use ‘independent’ in their names under proposal," 21 June 2019 The annual event, which airs on PBS, is unaffiliated with any other Fourth of July event. Washington Post, "Here’s what we know about Trump’s Fourth of July plans," 21 June 2019 Nowhere is the trend away from religion greater than in younger generations, where more than a third of people ages 18 to 29 are unaffiliated compared to just over 10 percent of people ages 65 and up. Karen Turner, Vox, "Secularism is on the rise, but Americans are still finding community and purpose in spirituality," 11 June 2019 Tillis has been performing a political balancing act to receive favor from both likely Republican primary voters and unaffiliated voters who often determine North Carolina general election results. Washington Post, "Cunningham: Voters led him to switch to US Senate campaign," 17 June 2019 University students who were unaffiliated with Venezuela’s opposition parties played a crucial role in defeating the initiative. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 What happens next: maybe a new election The state board took these allegations seriously enough to vote unanimously — with four Democratic members, four Republicans, and one unaffiliated member — not to certify the results from the Ninth District. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What we know about the alleged election fraud plot in North Carolina," 8 Dec. 2018 The decision to proceed with warehouse regulation was a 7-6 vote along party lines, with six Democrats and one unaffiliated environmentalist member voting in favor of drafting rules and six Republicans voting against. Tony Barboza, latimes.com, "Southern California air quality officials will craft rules governing warehouse, rail yard pollution," 4 May 2018 Since 2016, voter registration has grown modestly on the unaffiliated, Libertarian and Democrat rolls. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "JoCo voter rolls rise as elections approach. But most have decided not to pick a side | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unaffiliated

1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unaffiliated

: not connected with something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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