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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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 The documents that encoded the participatory democracy of which Americans tend to be so proud expressly barred the electoral, civic, and economic participation of the nonwhite and the non-male. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Summer of Rage," 29 June 2018 The social media companies that have profited most have done so by selling back to us the promises of the web and participatory culture. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 At Nova Pioneer, classes are smaller—32 pupils, on average—and more participatory. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 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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