The whole world is made and upheld to be expressive and participative of the image and benefits of God.
Remember that the understanding is not free (save only participative, as it is subject to the will).
Such a conception contradicts our basic idea that character and mind are attitudes of participative response in social affairs.
1530s, back-formation from participation, or else from Latin participatus, past participle of participare "to share, share in, participate in; to impart," from particeps "partaking, sharing," from parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (n.)) + -cip-, weak form of stem of capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Participated; participating.