AskDefine | Define bipartisan

Dictionary Definition

bipartisan adj : supported by both sides; "a two-way treaty" [syn: bipartizan, two-party, two-way]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈbaɪˌpɑː(ɹ)t.ɪ.zæn/

Adjective

  1. relating to, or supported by two groups, especially by two political parties

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

In a two-party system (such as in the United States), bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a political body in which both of the major political parties are in agreement. Often, compromises are called bipartisan if they reconcile the desires of both parties from an original version of legislation or other proposal. Failure to attain bipartisan support in such a system can easily lead to gridlock, often angering each other and their constituencies.
Bipartisanship can also be between two opposite groups (e.g. liberal and conservative) to agree and determine a plan of action on an urgent matter that is of great importance to their voters.

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1