[bahy-pahr-tuh-zuh n]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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consisting of or supported by two political parties
Derived Formsbipartisanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for bipartisan

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

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