par·​tic·​i·​pa·​to·​ry | \ pär-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē, pər-\

Definition of participatory

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

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In order to have a fully equitable and participatory culture, our laws must guarantee widespread availability and accessibility of products for all who need them. Jordana Kier And Alex Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tampon Tax Is Just Another Example of Women's Inequality," 7 Dec. 2018 The Ford spokeswoman said the company wanted to let workers know in advance about the plans because the reorganization is going to be fairly visible and is meant to be a participatory process. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ford to Cut Jobs as It Reorganizes Salaried Workforce," 5 Oct. 2018 Alford, who specializes in participatory journalism, was asked to take Zumba classes and write about the then-burgeoning craze for the New York Times in 2011. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "'And Then We Danced,' 'Old in Art School,' tell of later-in-life creative endeavors," 21 June 2018 For audience members, concerts are still largely a passive spectator sport, rather than a truly participatory, interactive activity driven by the latest technology. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Why Madison Square Garden Thinks It Has Designed the Venue Of the Future," 9 Feb. 2018 New York’s immense all-day summer street festival returns for its 12th iteration, with over 1,000 free events — many of them participatory — besieging the city with sound. David Allen, New York Times, "4 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 Circles are sized proportionally to the most recent amount allocated to participatory budgeting. Michaelle Bond,, "WiFi? Street repairs? Parks? Cities let residents choose how to spend their tax dollars," 14 May 2018 Commercial markets are integral to Turbojugend’s participatory community. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Sunday’s celebration was organized by arts group Artichoke, which specializes in large-scale, participatory events. Washington Post, "100 years of voting: British marches celebrate suffragettes," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of participatory

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of participatory was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of participatory

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

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