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[bahy-pahr-tuh-zuh n] /baɪˈpɑr tə zən/
representing, characterized by, or including members from two parties or factions:
Government leaders hope to achieve a bipartisan foreign policy.
Origin of bipartisan
1905-10; bi-1 + partisan1
Related forms
bipartisanism, noun
bipartisanship, noun Unabridged
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  • But there were precedents set back then for fostering bipartisan cooperation that offer lessons for today.
  • It formed a bipartisan council composed of business.
  • Yet another bipartisan panel gets ready to tackle the deficit.
  • The bipartisan legislation would allow consumers to demand particular websites stop tracking and selling their online behavior.
  • But it's important to understand that the criticism of the foreclosure program is bipartisan.
  • Politically, this will surely be the price of any bipartisan agreement.
  • The initiative to enlighten consumers has strong bipartisan support.
  • The two bipartisan deficit groups deserve a lot of credit for starting to move the debate beyond vagaries.
  • Everyone pretends to be in favour of bipartisan dialogue, but it is a dialogue of the deaf.
  • Once, bipartisan support existed for such an emissions-trading-scheme.
British Dictionary definitions for bipartisan


/ˌbaɪpɑːtɪˈzæn; baɪˈpɑːtɪˌzæn/
consisting of or supported by two political parties
Derived Forms
bipartisanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for bipartisan

also bi-partisan, 1894, from bi- + partisan.

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