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 Known for his interactive art installations, these participatory experiences are meant to demonstrate how acts of kindness can foster connections with strangers and build community. Joey Morona, cleveland, "New Kids on the Block’s ‘80s reunion tour and 11 more things to do in Cleveland Saturday, May 4," 4 May 2019 One of my first initiatives as a member of Denver City Council was to engage in participatory budgeting. Candi Cdebaca, The Denver Post, "CdeBaca: The Editorial Board accused me of “corruption.” Here’s my response.," 25 Oct. 2019 But the form factor of mobile devices discourages this kind of participatory browsing. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Most mobile browsers display the Web, that’s it—Vivaldi Mobile can change that," 1 Oct. 2019 Other recipients include: Monica Cosby, leader of participatory defense work at Westside Justice Center, advocate for incarcerated women and post-incarceration rights. Darcel Rockett,, "14 Chicagoans received $50,000 each to make a difference in the city. Here’s how they plan to spend the dough.," 13 June 2019 Celebrate the cosmic origins of humanity this winter solstice through celestially inspired participatory activities such as creating a star map. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things to do in Anchorage this week: Wakanda Ball and an adults-only night at the museum," 13 Sep. 2019 David had an innate sense of social and participatory justice and fairness that led him to be the youngest mayor of the City of Willimantic and the founding director of EASTCONN., "David J. Calchera," 15 Sep. 2019 Townshend finished the participatory song with an aerial split and a handsome flourish on the guitar, one of his few of the evening. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 23 Aug. 2019 For some, the main attractions of the festival are exactly what Young is referring to: the participatory elements. Zachary Lewis,, "Dancers of all stripes headed downtown for ‘ADF in CLE’ Summer Dance Festival," 18 July 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Participatory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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