par·​tic·​i·​pa·​to·​ry pär-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce participatory (audio)
: characterized by or involving participation
especially : providing the opportunity for individual participation
participatory democracy
participatory management

Examples of participatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the criticism from council back then was that participatory budgeting was undemocratic. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2023 Friends and local residents came by for this fleeting participatory project, which had a political valence during martial law, when large gatherings were suspect. Andrew Russeth, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Thus non-Whites in Hawaii were publicly used in the statehood campaign to celebrate their assimilation as Americans, but only insofar as they would be rendered inconsequential, not participatory American citizens. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 This participatory aspect of EstateX's model further underlines the democratizing potential of the platform. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 That’s the question Somerville officials are asking residents this year, as the city continues to forge ahead with a new participatory budgeting program similar to one in nearby Cambridge. Alex Koller,, 23 Aug. 2023 But this participatory role of consciousness has yet to collapse our collective belief in an objective reality. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2023 Somerville earmarked $1 million of its $293 million 2023 fiscal-year budget for the city’s foray into participatory budgeting last summer. Alex Koller,, 23 Aug. 2023 Backers see two big benefits to participatory budgeting. cleveland, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of participatory was in 1881

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“Participatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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