Definition of dealign in English:

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Pronunciation: /diːəˈlʌɪn/


[no object]
(Of a voter) withdraw allegiance to a political party: when voters dealign, they become vessels of the Zeitgeist
More example sentences
  • Razzell has a feel for the modern, largely dealigned voter.
  • In the short run, some dealigned voters are ‘floating’ between the mainstream parties, while others have drifted into social isolation.
  • Weakly identifying partisans are also growing in proportion as an outcome of a dealigning electorate.



Example sentences
  • There are 17 million who did not vote in last year's election - showing a dealignment, rather than a realignment.
  • The European results demonstrate the dealignment of political loyalties that has been accelerating under New Labour.
  • Following dealignment in Western countries, voters came to cast their ballots based on their assessment of the incumbent government's performance, so that changing government became a way of punishing ruling parties.

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