from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no interest in or association with politics.
  • adj. Having no political relevance or importance: claimed that the President's upcoming trip was purely apolitical.

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  • adj. Having no interest or involvement in politics.
  • adj. Having no political relevance or function.
  • adj. Politically neutral, unbiased, non-aligned, free from party politics
  • n. A person with no involvement or no interest in politics.
  • n. An unbiased candidate or voter, free of a party platform.
  • n. A neutral or uncommitted person.

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  • adj. politically neutral


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  • To suggest that these AP photographs should now be stripped of prior associations and rendered 'apolitical' is itself the most political stance one can take.

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  • Renzo attempts to remain apolitical during the Nazi occupation.

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  • This is why the film is "apolitical" - it doesn't take a stance on the Iraq war, which means in practice that (in the absence of critique) it can only be read as ratifying the war (or, at least as ratifying the late-Bush-surge and Obama-post-surge versions of the war, if not the idiotic Cheneyism that got us involved in Iraq in the first place).

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  • It’s vital — both as a matter of perception and reality — that those institutions remain apolitical, separate and detached from partisan wars.

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  • Without commenting directly on the fighting in the Strip, Folman told The New York Times that the film, which he has called apolitical but anti-war, "will always be up-to-date because something will always happen again."

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  • Now as for the first, I'd suggest that those churches be called "so-called apolitical" churches and that the head-in-the-sand-spirituality types Tom has described so well be joined by their evil twin "I feel bad we've got to do something, anything, but we're not political and we don't want to think anything through" types.

    Philocrites: Quietistic, idolatrous, or prophetic churches.

  • And Mehlis should not, assuming that he is "professional" and "neutral" and "apolitical"--and he is none of these things--have summoned reporters in Lebanon to reply to Husam Husam.

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  • Outside experts were heavily represented, and the official language and justifications for reorganization were apolitical, that is couched in efficiency terms rather than in policy terms.

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  • The billionaire Internet entrepreneur is said to have very cosmopolitan instincts in some regards, but has made the calculation that business in China requires being utterly apolitical -- in other words, doing what the government requires you to do.

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  • Holocaust Memorial Museum they are seen as neutral, described as apolitical, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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