AskDefine | Define bipartisanship

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  • a UK /ˈbaɪˌpɑː(ɹ)t.ɪ.zæn.ʃɪp/|/ˈbaɪˌpɑː(ɹ)t.ɪ.zən.ʃɪp/; /"baI%pA:(r)t.I.z

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.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, collaboration, collaborativeness, collectivism, collusion, commensalism, common effort, common enterprise, communalism, communism, communitarianism, community, complicity, concert, concord, concordance, concurrence, cooperation, cooperativeness, duet, duumvirate, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, esprit, esprit de corps, fellow feeling, fellowship, harmony, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, mass action, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, octet, pooling, pooling of resources, pulling together, quartet, quintet, reciprocity, septet, sextet, solidarity, symbiosis, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, trio, triumvirate, troika, united action
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