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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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  • Efforts at the bipartisanship he promised have withered.
  • He talked endlessly about bipartisanship and national unity.
  • At the same time, his record of bipartisanship went completely unmentioned.
  • But that was when the ideologies of the parties overlapped in the middle and made bipartisanship easier.
  • The game definitely gets bonus points for bipartisanship.
  • Then again, for political filmmakers, bipartisanship is not required.
  • With the summer elections behind us, calls for bipartisanship are in the air.
  • Despite promises of bipartisanship, the president has not expressed support for either one of these proposals.
  • She respected all opinions and embraced true bipartisanship.
  • His involvement with state legislation has been one of bipartisanship and distinction.
British Dictionary definitions for bipartisanship


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

also bi-partisanship, 1895, from bipartisan + -ship.



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

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