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 (nŏn-pär′tĭ-zən, -sən)
Based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of no single political party: a nonpartisan commission; nonpartisan opinions.

non·par′ti·san n.
non·par′ti·san·ship′ n.


(ˌnɒnpɑːtɪˈzæn) or


not partisan or aligned, esp not affiliated to, influenced by, or supporting any one political party
ˌnonpartiˈsanˌship, ˌnonpartiˈzanˌship n


or non•par•ti•zan

(nɒnˈpɑr tə zən)

1. not partisan; objective.
2. not supporting, controlled by, or affiliated with any of the established political parties.
3. a person who is nonpartisan.
non•par′ti•san•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonpartisan - a person who is nonpartisan
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
drumbeater, partisan, zealot - a fervent and even militant proponent of something
Adj.1.nonpartisan - free from party affiliation or bias
partisan, partizan - devoted to a cause or party


1. Not inclining toward or actively taking either side in a matter under dispute:
Idiom: on the fence.


[ˈnɒnˌpɑːtɪˈzæn] ADJimparcial
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