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[bahy-pahr-tuh-zuh n]
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  1. representing, characterized by, or including members from two parties or factions: Government leaders hope to achieve a bipartisan foreign policy.

Origin of bipartisan

First recorded in 1905–10; bi-1 + partisan1
Related formsbi·par·ti·san·ism, nounbi·par·ti·san·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for bi-partisan

Historical Examples

  • He had not finished with this last measure, which had been passed by Bassett's bi-partisan combination over the governor's veto.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

    Meredith Nicholson

  • These special interests which suck the people's substance are bi-partisan.

    The Art of Public Speaking

    Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein

  • When two years later the administration supported it weakly, the bi-partisan boss system killed it.

    The Art of Public Speaking

    Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein

British Dictionary definitions for bi-partisan


  1. consisting of or supported by two political parties
Derived Formsbipartisanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for bi-partisan



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

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