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

Examples of participatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Political experts said the complicated races are an outcome of California’s political system, which heavily favors participatory democracy. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 That participatory content might also encourage Netflix users to maintain their subscriptions rather than canceling them and resubscribing when something interesting debuts. Nathaniel Mott, PCMAG, 14 May 2022 Philanthropy can also commission and share research that draws directly on the insights of low-income workers through surveys, focus groups and other participatory approaches. Don Howard, Forbes, 13 May 2022 With this kind of participatory approach the risk is that the output could not be as attractive for the eyes. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 One example would be New York City’s participatory budgeting, in which community members directly decide how part of their community’s budget is spent. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 And maybe that participatory process is part of collectively creating a different world? Liz Appel, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 Two other initiatives, from Microsoft and NASA, make clear that to fulfill ambitious climate goals, AI needs a participatory democracy, networks of on-site innovators deeply knowledgeable about their locales and acting urgently for just that reason. Wai Chee Dimock, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2022 If construction goes as planned, the Museo del Westside will open in May 2023 as a participatory museum that will grow its collections essentially from scratch. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of participatory

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Participatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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