par·​tic·​i·​pa·​to·​ry | \ pär-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce participatory (audio) , pər- \

Definition of participatory

: characterized by or involving participation especially : providing the opportunity for individual participation participatory democracy participatory management

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Recent Examples on the Web Clark believes that participatory action research can be too time-consuming for most academics with scant time and limited grant money. Grace Huckins, Wired, "For Marginalized Groups, Being Studied Can Be a Burden," 6 Jan. 2021 One is that a political life free of exploitation and enhanced by participatory democracy remains out of reach for many. Jordan Besek, The Conversation, "W.E.B. Du Bois embraced science to fight racism as editor of NAACP’s magazine The Crisis," 14 Dec. 2020 Other forms of participatory and dialogical processes are open strategic planning sessions, focus groups, in-depth interviews with stakeholders and representatives of the employee groups. Marcella De La Torre Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "To manage change effectively, invest in visioning, strategy," 6 Dec. 2020 Now, the internet allows for participatory, communal, real-time adulation. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK," 19 Oct. 2020 Port Huron statement, a political manifesto and leftist blueprint for creating a more participatory democracy. Jeanne Dorin Mcdowell, Smithsonian Magazine, "The True Story of the ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’," 15 Oct. 2020 QAnon has been persuasively compared both to a religion, for the fact-resistant faith of its adherents, and to a multiplayer role-playing game, for the collaborative, participatory dynamic by which the theory develops online. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are," 6 Oct. 2020 The annual Cochon555 culinary tour, a celebration of cuisine and heritage-breed pigs, will return to Chicago in late October as a series of virtual, participatory cooking events. Phil Vettel,, "Cochon 555, the pork-centered fest and competition, to go on but as a virtual event," 5 Oct. 2020 What is now under attack is the very possibility of addressing these deep systemic problems through a participatory, cooperative, deliberative, democratic process. Robert Goldston, Scientific American, "Scientists Must Rise in Defense of Democracy," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of participatory

1881, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Participatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of participatory

formal : providing the opportunity for people to be involved in deciding how something is done

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