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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
First recorded in 1905-10; bi-1 + partisan1
Related forms
bipartisanism, noun
bipartisanship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bi-partisan
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for bi-partisan


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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